When Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle took over as commanding officer of the 105th Precinct in Queens Village in May, it was not so much a welcome as much as it was a welcome home.
“I liked working here when I was executive officer,” Coyle said on May 29 at a meeting of the precinct’s Community Council. “I wanted to come back as the commanding officer.”
Coyle, a veteran of 24 years on the NYPD, had been the commanding officer at the neighboring 107th Precinct, based in Kew Gardens Hills, since August 2010.
“About half the people who were here when I was executive officer are still here,” Coyle said following the meeting.
“That made me feel good,” he said.
He formally received the precinct commander’s pin at the May 29 meeting from Deputy Inspector Joseph Courtesis, who has been transferred to 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan.
Courtesis, who had been CO of the 105th for more than two years, now is working under Chief of Department Philip Banks III.
Assistant Chief James Secreto, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South, who recommended both men for their new assignments, was on hand for the formal change of command ceremony.