Lipetri Brings Old Fashioned Patrolling To 101 Pct.
Community members will be seeing some changes as a result of the change of commanders of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. For the last three weeks, Captain Michael J. Lipetri has been taking stock of his new command.
The Wave spoke with Lipetri on May 19, two weeks after he assumed command of the precinct. While it is still early, he has already started working toward his goal of suppressing crime in the area.
He says that a safe corridor has been created during school dismissals.
“We did a survey of where we think a lot of schoolchildren are congregating …. there are now police officers on those intersections and on those corners. It’s been in effect for a few days,” he explains.
Lipetri has answered the prayers of business owners by bringing back the old fashioned patrol cop to the Far Rockaway business district in the new Mott Avenue District Post initiative.
“Now there will be two police officers assigned there every day between business hours, Monday through Friday, probably through Sunday,” said Lipetri. “It’s three police officers, but there are days off. You’ll see two there every day … So they’re meeting the business owners.” The three officers will rotate days.
Lipetri has an associate degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
“I went to Nassau Community College for two years,” said the new CO. “Then I went to Cortland State for two and a half years, but I left my last semester to join the New York City police department. I finished my degree with the Excelsior College State University. I finished with them and I actually got my bachelor’s from Excelsior.”
Lipetri started with the force in 1984 as a police officer in Brownville, Brooklyn at the 73 Precinct. He was next sent to the Manhattan North narcotics unit. He served in the Central Harlem Initiative, which involved narcotics. In 2000, he was promoted to sergeant and sent to the 83 Precinct where he served in the Brooklyn North gang squad for two and a half years. After making the rank of lieutenant, he went to the 79 Precinct in Bedford Stuyvesant.
“I got promoted to captain out of there and I went to the Brooklyn North Impact squad team, which is new officers out of the academy, but I only did that for a month and then I went to narcotics. I did approximately three years in narcotics as a captain. First I went to Brooklyn South narcotics for about six months and then I went to Brooklyn North narcotics. I was the commanding officer of the 7981 Narcotics Squad. And in January I went to Transit District 32 and here I am.”
Answering a question about his work on narcotics and gang squads Lipetri said, “I do have experience in the gang squad [and] I do have experience working in narcotics. So yes, I do think that that is one of the things that is going to help me in being the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct.”
Lipetri originates from Long Island and has a wife and two young daughters.
As to the other part of his goal to “foster a good relationship with the community,” and be accessible to them, Lipetri has already met with community members, leaders, elected officials, school principals and business owners and hopes to continue building a relationship with the Far Rockaway community.
“[I look forward] to get[ting] out there and visit the community, and let them know who I am.”