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New commanding officer in N. Queens

Galen Frierson takes over as Martin Morales becomes chief of personnel

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:30 am

As the NYPD shifts personnel around, Assistant Chief Galen Frierson is the new commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North with his predecessor, Assistant Chief Martin Morales, becoming chief of personnel.

Frierson had been the executive officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.

“I think he’s going to bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Queens North,” Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, told the Chronicle Monday.

Cermeli pointed to Frierson’s “vast knowledge of policing.” Frierson has been on the force since the early 1980s.

“I think he has a real understanding of what Queens residents need and what we need to keep them safe,” Cermeli said. “So I think we’ll be in good hands.”

Frierson joined the Housing Police Department in 1982, according to a 2013 story from The Chief-Leader.com. His assignments included Police Service Areas 2 and 9, the Housing Police Cadet Corps, the 112th and 115th precincts, the Police Cadet Corps and Transit Boroughs Brooklyn and Queens.

He commanded the 60th Precinct, Internal Affairs Bureau Group 31 and the School Safety Division Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island Zone. Frierson also was executive officer of the School Safety Division.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College and a bachelor’s degree in education from St. John’s. Frierson also graduated from Columbia’s Police Management Institute.

Morales had been the commanding officer since last December. He tweeted out a goodbye on the NYPD Queens North account last Sunday.

“A lot of good things were accomplished this past yr ... crime is down while we built stronger relationships with the community to make it safer for everyone,” he said. “There was a lot more I wanted to do but there’s an old quote: ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.’”

Patrol Borough Queens North consists of the 104th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th, 114th and 115th precincts.

Through Dec. 1, crime has decreased by 2.7 percent in Queens North compared to last year. The biggest drop from 2018 to 2019 has been in burglaries, which have seen a 10.5 percent decrease. Felony assaults, however, increased 7.4 percent.

Grand larcenies decreased by 4 percent and car break-ins dropped by nearly 8 percent.

Murders have occurred at the same pace, with 25. Rapes increased from 198 to 200.

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