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NYPD taps new COs in Queens precincts

Changes in 101st, 103rd, 106th, 113th

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30 am

The NYPD has named multiple new commanding officers in southern Queens.

Deputy Inspector Brian Bohannon has been assigned as the new commander of the 113th Precinct in South Jamaica, replacing Inspector Jerry O’Sullivan. Bohannon had been commander of the 106th Precinct in South Ozone Park since October 2016.

Bohannon, who joined the NYPD in 2004, is having something of a homecoming. He was the executive officer in the 113th when he was named CO of the 106th.

O’Sullivan, who took command in September 2017, is heading to 1 Police Plaza. He will join the Detective Bureau, according to a statement from Assistant Chief David Barerre, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, posted on the Facebook page of Community Board 12.

Deputy Inspector Vincent Tavalaro will take over the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica from the 101st Precinct in the Rockaways.

Inspector Peter Fortune, who has been transferred to Patrol Borough Queens South, served as commander of the 103rd since September 2017.

The 101st Precinct announced on its Twitter page that Tavalaro’s place will be taken by Capt. Eric Robinson, who has served as executive officer of both the 105th Precinct in eastern Queens and the 113th.

As often happens when a popular commander is moved, not all community leaders are pleased. Rene Hill, chairwoman of CB 12, told the Chronicle in an email she is disappointed to lose O’Sullivan.

“I liked Inspector O’Sullivan because he was very active in the community,” she said. “He came to every CB 12 meeting, and I know that a lot of the residents in the community respected and liked him and the attention he gave to the community.” She would prefer to keep successful COs in their communities for longer than typically is NYPD practice.

“I understand that other communities keep their commanders longer than we do,” she said. “This treatment is unfair, if it is true, because community policing takes time and once a commander gets to know our community, they get transferred.”

Clifton Stanley Diaz, chairman of the board at Rochdale Village, said in a telephone interview that he too was disappointed at losing O’Sullivan, though pleased Bohannon is coming back.

“O’Sullivan and [his predecessor Inspector Frederick] Grover are two of the most popular commanders this precinct has had,” said Diaz, who said he has been interacting actively with the precinct since 1971. He credited O’Sullivan with working hard to build on the community policing and Neighborhood Coordination Officer programs that began on Grover’s watch.

“Many of us thought he should have been promoted to deputy chief,” Diaz said. He added that the 101 is getting a good man in Robinson, who he said did a commendable job as XO. “It’s good that he can start moving up the ladder.”

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