Four NYPD members with strong Bronx roots were among those promoted to top positions following the department’s recently announced extensive overhaul.
On Monday, January 8, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced more than a dozen executive staff level changes in conjunction with the department’s continued operational shift toward neighborhood policing following last year’s record low levels of crime and violence in NYC.
As of January 2018, the new policing model has been established in 56 of 77 precincts and all nine Housing commands.
The Bronx’s inspector Fausto Pichardo, assistant chief Edward Delatorre, deputy chief Nilda Irizarry Hofmann and chief of patrol Terence Monahan are among department brass whose promotions take effect next week.
Current 43rd Precinct commanding officer inspector Pichardo is being promoted to assistant chief and will serve as executive officer of the Patrol Services Bureau.
Pichardo began his career in July 1997 as a police cadet and two years later became a police officer patrolling the Midtown North Precinct.
He was employed at various commands in Patrol Borough Manhattan North and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.
Pichardo served as executive officer of the 28th Precinct and commanding officer of the 33rd and 43rd precincts.
He replaces assistant chief Rodney Harrison, current executive officer of the Patrol Services Bureau and leader of the bureau’s Neighborhood Policing implementation, who will become Chief of Patrol.
On Wednesday, January 3, William Rivera, Community Board 9 district manager, wrote a letter of reference to Mayor de Blasio crediting Pichardo and the 43rd Precinct as CB 9’s ‘silent heroes’ known for their passion and humility in serving the community.
“He’s a perfect fit for that office and we’re going to have someone who is very devoted to his job and the community overseeing this bureau,” expressed Rivera.
“I am both saddened and proud that inspector Fausto Pichardo is leaving us, jumping two ranks to a two-star assistant chief and becoming executive officer of the NYPD’s Patrol Services Bureau,” stated Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda. “Our loss of this outstanding precinct commander will be the NYPD’s and the city’s gain. I wish him continued success in his career.”
“We’re very sad to see inspector Pichardo leave, but if anyone really deserves this promotion, it’s him. He’s been incredible in the two and a half years he’s been commanding officer,” said Aurora Carrion, 43rd Precinct Community Council president. “He’s a very caring person to his officers, the community and the precinct community council and it’s been a honor working with him.”
Carrion hopes Pichardo’s successor, who has not been named, will continue his open door policy and keep crime down.
Assistant chief Delatorre, a Throggs Neck resident, is currently the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island. He is being promoted to Chief of the Transit Bureau.
He joined the police force in November 1979 and has worked at many commands in the Bronx.
Delatorre became executive officer in the Office of the Chief of Department, the Patrol Services Bureau, Patrol Borough Bronx, Patrol Borough Manhattan North, the Housing Bureau and the Community Affairs Bureau.
The newly commisioned 3-star chief served as commanding officer for the 42nd and 43rd precincts and the Police Academy. Delatorre was the Police Academy’s commanding officer during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and sent his cadets to aid recovery and clean-up efforts at Ground Zero.
He replaces retiring chief of transit Joseph Fox.
Current executive officer of the Risk Management Bureau deputy chief Hofmann will become Chief of Community Affairs.
The Bedford Park native is the first Hispanic woman in the NYPD to be promoted to 3-star chief.
In October 1987, Hofmann started her NYPD career serving as a police administrative aide.
In October 1990, she became a police officer employed at various commands in Patrol Borough Bronx and Patrol Borough Manhattan North.
Hofmann served as executive officer of the 42nd Precinct and as commanding officer of the 25th and 52nd precincts.
She replaces retiring chief of community affairs Joanne Jaffe.
Current chief of patrol Monahan will be elevated to Chief of Department, the NYPD’s highest-uniformed rank.
The Fordham University alum joined the NYPD in January 1982 and started his career with the 41st Precinct.
His impressive resume includes time as the 34th Precinct’s executive officer; commanding officer of the 34th, 46th and 48th precincts and of the Narcotics Borough Manhattan North and executive officer of Patrol Borough Bronx and the Office of the Chief of the Department.
Monahan replaces former chief of patrol Carlos Gomez who retired last month.