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DiBlasio Transferred: 70th Precinct Has New Commanding Officer

Deputy Inspector Richard DiBlasio, the commanding officer of the 70th Precinct
Deputy Inspector Richard DiBlasio, the former commanding officer of the 70th Precinct. (Photo: Ditmas Park Corner)

The NYPD has carried out a change of leadership as our area reels from a series of violent assaults.

Richard DiBlasio, the commanding officer of the 70th Precinct, has been assigned to the Police Academy and Captain James Palumbo now heads the precinct, the NYPD said today.

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Boundaries of the 70th Precinct. Map: NYPD Website

Captain Palumbo served most recently as the commanding officer of the NYPD Housing Bureau’s Police Service Area 1.

PSA 1 patrols New York City Housing Authority developments — in areas such as Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Flatlands and Canarsie — in the confines of the 60th, 61st, 63rd, and 69th precincts. There is also a PSA 1 satellite in Red Hook.

Palumbo is no stranger to the 70th Precinct. He was captain of the 70th Precinct until 2013, and then became captain of the 71st Precinct (Crown Heights). He also served as commanding officer of the Brooklyn South Task Force.

The change in leadership comes on the heels of a series of disturbing crimes in the 70th Precinct.

Last week, a 53-year-old woman was slashed on Beverley Road by an unknown assailant. Earlier in the week, a 28-year-old man was brutally assaulted Sunday near the Parade Grounds in what he says was a bias attack, and a local teenager was stabbed the same night on Argyle Road. The teen may have known his assailant.

A series of car break-ins has also been reported near Beverley Road.

Crime in the precinct has been on a long-term decline, but there was a troubling increase in homicides in 2015. Last year, the 70th Precinct saw a 3.8 percent reduction in overall crime relative to 2014, but a leap in homicides, from 3 to 17.

Deputy Inspector DiBlasio was named head of the 70th Precinct in April, 2014, after serving as commanding officer of the 68th Precinct. He has been with the NYPD since 1987.

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  1. A big Thank You to whoever in the NYPD orchestrated this change. Having met DiBlasio and heard his dismissive responses to community concerns I’m glad he’s getting a new role away from the public. Here’s hoping that Captain Palumbo can address the violent crimes that have disproportionately hit our precinct in the past two years.

  2. DiBlasio can’t be blamed for the gang related murders that happened in the 70 in which gang members, some from the 67, killed other gang members in our precinct. I think arrests have been made in all of last years killing in our area, He wasn’t the best we’ve had, but was far better than some COs from years ago. We have had some great ones who went on to be commissions in Birmingham, Newark and Chicago. The men and women of the 70 are good , regardless of who’s in charge. The new CO knows the precinct.

  3. diblasio was better than Rodriguez and he got rid of that do nothing Dominic Scotto. These calls are made all the way on top by Bratton himself. its a shame, he cant stop gang bangers esp. when you have people like jumaane Williams and Charles barron who think the cops are the criminals.


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