Barrett Promoted To Deputy Inspector
When Captain Barrett moved from the executive officer's slot at the 103 Precinct in Jamaica at the end of 2007, to his new office in the 100 Precinct house in Rockaway Beach, it was something of a homecoming for the longtime cop.
"There is something about working in Rockaway that you've got to love," Barrett told The Wave in a long interview when he assumed command. "This is a different place to work, usually a fun place to work."
Barrett should know.
For a few years, until housing costs made it impossible, he lived in the west end of Rockaway, before moving to Long Island, where he lives today with his wife of 24 years, his collegeaged son and daughter.
As an NYPD officer, however, he spent much more time in Rockaway.
He first served Rockaway as a young officer in 1985, as part of its summer detail of police officers who work the beach and boardwalk. Soon after, he was assigned to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, first on patrol and then detailed as a SPECDA officer, in an anti-drug program that brought police into the schools to discuss the drug problem with sixth-grade students. He worked at IS 53 in Far Rockaway and in other District 27 schools on the peninsula.
"That was good, because it gave me a chance to speak with young people about drug use before they got involved with using hard drugs," he said.
From there, Barrett was appointed as the precinct's youth officer, with responsibility not only for the local schools, but with working with gangs, as well.
From 1989, when he was promoted to sergeant, until 1993, when he returned to Rockaway, this time in the 100 Precinct, Barrett served in the 73 Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
At the 100 Precinct, Barrett was one of the Community Policing Unit sergeants, responsible for a new program that was started around that time. The program, an attempt to be proactive on the crime front, put CPU officers in community beats, working with residents to cut down on crime and reduce "quality of life" problems.
In late 1997, he was promoted to lieutenant and moved to the 109 Precinct in northern Queens, where he trained new police officers and did mostly administrative work.
In 1999, however, his workload grew proportionately when he was appointed to the School Safety Division as a lieutenant and then as its Queens Commander, when he was promoted to captain in March of 2002.
In that position, Barrett says, he spent lots of time in Rockaway addressing problems at both Far Rockaway and Beach Channel High Schools.
Then came his quick stint as the XO in Jamaica and his appointment as CO of the 100 Precinct.
During Barrett's stint at the 100 Precinct, major crimes have fallen by nearly six percent, with larcenies and crimes related to motor vehicles downs by more than 25 percent.
In addition, homicides are down by 60 percent in relation to last year.
Despite the fact that Barrett has 24 years on the job, he wants to stay at the 100 Precinct.
"I have no plans to retire," he said. "Not with kids in college. Besides, this is just where I want to be."