New Top Cop At 100th Pct.
By Joan Ward George
Captain John Miller is the new ‘top cop’ at the 100 Precinct, replacing Gary Scirica who has moved on to take over the very busy 101 command.
Miller comes to Rockaway directly from Brooklyn North where he served on SAT COM (Strategical Command) Tracing Unit. According to Miller, this unit’s primary objective was to concentrate on increasing efforts on quality of life issues.
"If you take care of the little things, then the big things will begin to take care of themselves," said Miller. "If you ignore the little things, then you’ve got problems."
Miller, who has been a cop for more than 19 years, told The Wave that his first priority as the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct is "being responsive to the community."
"If you take care of the little things, then the big things will begin to take care of themselves."
-CAPTAIN JOHN MILLER
(On "Quality of Life" Issues)
"Quality of life seems to be a key issue in the 100 Precinct and we are definitely going to address it," Miller said.
Miller’s background with the department to date has been strong in law enforcement. He admits to a love of police work that was probably sparked by his grandfather who joined the NYPD in 1927 and retired only after putting 40 years in at the same precinct. His uncle was also a police officer with the NYPD for more than 20 years.
Prior to becoming a law enforcement officer, Miller spent four years in the United States Navy from 1971 to 1975. His career as a policeman began 19 years ago when he joined the forces of the transit police. He transferred to the 40 Precinct in the Mott avenue section of the Bronx and spent two years there before moving on to the 43 Precinct in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
After promotion to a sergeant’s position, Miller served in a RIP (robbery investigation unit), as a patrol supervisor and in a SNEW (strategic narcotics enforcement unit).
As a lieutenant Miller was an Integrity Control Officer of the 73 Precinct in Brownsville and a Platoon Commander in the 83 Precinct in Bushwick, Brooklyn. For the past two years Miller has served as a captain, both as an Executive Officer in Housings PSA 3’s unit in Brooklyn and in Brooklyn North headquarters. He also managed to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York while he was on the force.
Born and raised in the River Park and Corona sections of northwest Queens, Miller says he spent a lot of time on the beach in Rockaway while growing up. He and his wife, Vickie, live in Long Island with their three- year-old-daughter Maggie and their two-month old son, Jack. Things nearest and dearest to him are his family, number one, followed very closely by police work. In his occasional spare time he admits to a love of old cars.
For the time being Miller plans to get out on the streets of the precinct a little more each day. "My normal routine is going to include me making routine patrols, walking on the boardwalk and in the streets of Rockaway," said Miller. He added that he intends to work closely with the community groups within the precinct as have the commanding officers that preceded him.