2001-09-08 / Front Page

100 Precinct Gets New Top Cop by Howard Schwach

100 Precinct Gets New Top Cop by Howard Schwach


Police Captain Charles Talamo, the recently appointed Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park, poses in his office in front of his many awards and mementoes.Police Captain Charles Talamo, the recently appointed Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park, poses in his office in front of his many awards and mementoes.

The transition from patrolman on a fixed post on the mean streets of Times Square to Captain of the precinct that patrols the bedroom communities and middle class enclaves of Rockaway Park is not always an easy one.

For Captain Charles Talamo, the newly assigned commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, however the trip, with stops in between at Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan’s Garment Center, the high-rise condos of Forest Hills and the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, has prepared him for his first command.

"I’m happy to be here," Talamo told The Wave. "This is a little different from where I have been before, and I’m not used to a tight-knit residential community such as Rockaway."

"Everything you do in your career prepares you for command," he added. "When I was the executive officer of the 101 Precinct, it was about grooming me for this command, allowing me to know Rockaway."

Talamo says that he is canvassing the neighborhoods that make up the precinct to find the community’s needs.

When The Wave appeared in his office, he had just come back from a tour with the leaders of the Rockaway Action Committee.

"Crime prevention is obviously everybody’s number one priority," he says. "We have to prevent people harming people and we have to keep their property safe."

"Quality of life is next," the Captain added.

"I am beginning to find out that you have public drunkenness problems, problems with single room occupancies, noise problems, parking problems, he says. "All of those will be addressed."

He pointed out that two of the precinct’s most wanted persons had been arrested that day and were awaiting transportation to Central Booking as we spoke.

He says that the community is important in helping the police.

"We are the police, and people should not take on our responsibilities," he said. "But we really encourage people in the community to report what they see."

"If a person sees something he or she thinks is a crime, that person should note the specifics and call us immediately," he says. "We will follow up on it and take the appropriate action."


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