NYPD Assistant Chief Kevin Ward was named commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South at the end of last month, taking over from Assistant Chief James Secreto, who will now command Patrol Borough Manhattan North. Secreto had been CO since 2010.
Ward, who has been on the force since 1984, was previously commanding officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island. Before that, Ward served in the 84th and Midtown North precincts; the 84th Precinct Detective Squad; the Internal Affairs Bureau; Patrol Borough Manhattan South, and has also previously commanded the 9th Precinct on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the 17th Precinct, which covers Midtown east of Lexington Avenue.
Ward also holds a J.D. from New York Law School, an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.
Queens South includes the areas covered by the 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 106th, 107th and 113th precincts, covering the Rockaway Peninsula and neighborhoods such as Bellerose, Fresh Meadows, Howard Beach, Jamaica, Laurelton, Pomonok, Richmond Hill and St. Albans. Crime is down more than 4 percent so far compared to last year in the command.