The commanding officer of the 106th Precinct has received a promotion.
Thomas Pascale has been recognized by the police department for his crime fighting efforts in the community and promoted to a new title at a ceremony last week — Deputy Inspector.
Pascale, who has commanded the precinct since Nov. 10, 2010, was promoted to his new title at a ceremony at 1 Police Plaza.
Pascale’s philosophy of police work is that officers should be inquiring.
“Police officers that ask questions are going to be better police officers,” he said.
The new deputy inspector is a 17-year veteran of the NYPD. His first assignment upon joining the Police Department in 1995 was with the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst.
He was later promoted to sergeant and moved to the 106th Precinct in 2000. After being promoted to lieutenant, he went over to the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights in 2004.
Achieving the rank of captain in 2007, he was assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau where he supervised the narcotics division, until he received his post to command the 106th Precinct in 2010.
Since he arrived at the precinct, Pascale has told residents at Community Council meetings they don’t have to wait for a Council meeting to bring their nonemergency problems and concerns to the police. He said he wants to know about problems as soon as they happen so that he and his officers can address them in a timely fashion.
Last March, Pascale was honored by the Lindenwood Alliance with its first award since the group was established in 2010 for being supportive of the civic organization.
“We would like to thank him for being a part of our community and making it a safe place to live,” Christina Gold, the Lindenwood Alliance copresident, said as she presented the award to Pascale.
Pascale has focused on enforcement efforts to reduce crime and quality of life violations in the community. Since Pascale has taken over at the 106th Precinct, there has been a 16 percent increase in crime, but that jump is almost entirely due to grand larcenies — a battle Pascale has put front and center recently. At the June meeting of Community Board 10, Pascale explained much of the rise in grand larcenies is due to stolen identities and warned citizens to be careful with their personal information. He has also been working with local banks to fight the problem of skimmers at ATM machines.
Domenick Rafter contributed to this story.