Precinct commander is promoted

August 30, 2013 Helen Klein
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It was a red letter day for one of the neighborhood’s men in blue.

Richard DiBlasio, the commander of the 68th Precinct, was promoted to deputy inspector in a ceremony at One Police Plaza held the morning of Thursday, August 29.

DiBlasio came to the precinct – which encompasses Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton — as a captain in June, 2011, replacing Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, who had been transferred to the 70th Precinct in Flatbush and Midwood.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” DiBlasio told this paper. “This is a great place to work, a great community to work for.

“It’s not just my promotion,” he added. “It’s in recognition of the hard work that the men and women of the 68th Precinct do on a daily basis, and a testament to the relationship between the police officers of the 68th Precinct and the community.”

Ilene Sacco, the president of the 68th Precinct Community Council congratulated DiBlasio, noting, “I’m really happy for him and his family and I know he’ll continue to be a great leader in this command and wherever he goes in the future.”

DiBlasio has presided over a decrease in crime. This year, so far, crime is down in the 68th Precinct, 2.34 percent, according to the NYPD’s crime-tracking system, CompStat. Citywide, year to date, crime is down 1.78 percent. In 2012, crime went down 2.2 percent in the 68th Precinct; citywide, it increased 3.32 percent citywide, according to CompStat.

Before coming to the 68th Precinct, DiBlasio had been assigned to Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, where he was a captain in the Investigations Unit. DiBlasio had also been executive officer at the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, a traffic lieutenant in the NYPD’s traffic control division, a lieutenant at the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn Heights and a sergeant at the 63rd Precinct in Mill Basin and Marine Park.

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