2012-06-08 / Community

Olexa Promoted To Deputy Inspector

100 Pct CO Steps Up
By Howard Schwach


Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa, right, with Police Officer Joe Roberts and Ruscillo at a recent Community Council meeting. Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa, right, with Police Officer Joe Roberts and Ruscillo at a recent Community Council meeting. Captain Scott Olexa, who has been the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach since June of last year, was promoted last week by NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to Deputy Inspector from Captain.

Under Olexa, the number of major crimes in the precinct has dipped nearly 45 percent.

Danny Ruscillo, the president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, says that the dip in crime is due to the commanding officer’s “pro-active policing” and “commitment to the community.”

“Olexa’s promotion is welldeserved,” Ruscillo said this week. “He is always on, always pro-active and cooperative with everything the community council wants from him.”

Olexa came to Rockaway after two decades on the force.

While this is his first precinct command, he has long been involved at Patrol Borough Queens South, the command that runs the eight precincts in southern Queens, including the 100 Precinct.

Perhaps the most public assignment in his career was as the Shooting Team Leader for the Queens South Command which investigated and reported on the fatal shooting of Sean Bell in November of 2006.

The Bell case became a national story when several undercover police officers shot and killed Bell and wounded two of his companions after his bachelor party at a Jamaica, New York strip club well-known to the police for its prostitution and sale of alcohol to underage patrons.

All of the police officers were found not guilty of murder at a trial in Queens Supreme Court.

Olexa has had other assignments in Queens South as well, heading the gang unit and other specialized units, officials say.

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