2012-05-25 / Top Stories

Maloney Takes Over 101 Pct.

By Miriam Rosenberg


Deputy Inspector Michael LiPetri addresses his command during the 101 Precinct Medal Day Ceremony last month. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Deputy Inspector Michael LiPetri addresses his command during the 101 Precinct Medal Day Ceremony last month. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Deputy Inspector Michael LiPetri, who took command of the 101 Precinct in May 2010, has been transferred out of Rockaway, The Wave learned late last week.

On Friday, May 18 it was learned that LiPetri would be transferred to the 79 Precinct in Brooklyn effective Monday, May 21.

In his first interview with The Wave, shortly after arriving in Rockaway, LiPetri said he had two goals in his new position – to suppress crime and increase the precinct’s relationship with the community.

At the beginning of this year the Deputy Inspector talked about some of the precinct’s successes.

“At some point during [2011] the 101 Precinct was up approximately 40 crimes and we ended up being down 44 crimes for a minus 6.7 percent [decrease] in crime overall,” said LiPetri at the January precinct community meeting. “That’s the seven majors that we talk about [for the NYPD CompStat] – the murder, the rapes, the robberies, felony assaults, the grand larcenies, the burglaries and the grand larceny auto. We were down in all categories of crime in the 101 Precinct except burglaries and grand larceny auto.”

Currently, overall crime is up com- pared to the same time last year. The high numbers are mainly being driven by burglaries and grand larcenies. Over the last two years, according to the latest available NYPD CompStat report for the week ending May 13, murder is down 50 percent, robbery down a little more 14 percent, and grand larceny auto down 50 percent.

Gun arrests also increased under his command. LiPetri told residents at a meeting in March that, in just one housing development, his officers took 16 firearms off the streets since April 2010. All those arrested with the guns are still in jail on high bail.

LiPetri always said that one crime committed was one crime too many.

“It [the stats] doesn’t really mean much if you’re a victim of a robbery,” said LiPetri. “It stays with you a long time.”

Denean Ferguson, the vice president of the 101 Precinct Community Council, addressed the precinct commander’s goal of increasing the precinct’s relations with the community.

DI LiPetri absolutely fostered a good relationship with the community!” said Ferguson in an email to The Wave on Monday. “As you know, our Rockaway is a complex place. We have fronts not getting along with backs of the same [housing] development. The 101 Precinct Community Council honored him with the ‘Captain to the Community’ award after only his first year because he hit the ground running. He had an open door policy with the entire community. He attended every group’s civic meeting. He was fully supportive of every initiative to foster positive police-community relations.

“We could not have had the success we’ve had with the Rockaway Teen Challenge, Unity in the Community Talent Show, the Turkey and Toy Drives, Rockaway Resource Day, and National Night Out without his unwavering commitment. He gave us the ammunition to make a difference. I, personally, already miss his presence!”

At the 101 Precinct Medal Day Ceremony on April 26 LiPetri told his officers and guests, which included Commissioner Raymond Kelly, “What these officers do on a daily basis amazes me day by day. The arrests, the caring they show the community is truly amazing.” He finished by saying, “It’s an honor to work side by side with you every day.”

On Monday Captain Kevin Maloney took command of the 101 Precinct. His last assignment was commander of the Police Service Area 8 in the Housing Bureau in the Bronx. It is housed in the Throgs Neck Housing development and its officers patrol the housing developments in the confines of the 43, 45 and 47 Precincts. According to the Daily News there are approximately 120 PSA officers who patrol more than 17 public housing developments.

The 79 Precinct in Bedford- Stuyvesant that been the focus of internal investigations due to allegations of “quota-based policing.”

Published reports last week said that the former commanding officer was being transferred to “clean up a toxic working environment.”

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