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Once again, the 49th Precinct has undergone a change in leadership – its fifth new captain in over eight years. 

Captain John Greeley, formerly of the Bronx Detective Squad, has stepped into the role as the 49th Precinct’s new commanding officer, a title previously held by Deputy Inspector Kevin Collins.

According to Greeley, it was his hard work and his father’s direction that helped him get to where he is today. 

“‘Just always work hard.’ That was his advice,” the new C-O said about the guidance of his father, a retired cop of 35 years.

Knowing he’d only succeed after heeding such wisdom, Greeley began his journey to the top.

Graduating from the academy in 1991, Greeley is no stranger to the Bronx, having first grown up in the borough before taking his first tour of duty in the 52nd Precinct. 

From there he moved on to Bronx Narcotics.  His affinity with the borough continued after a promotion to sergeant landed Greeley at the 5-0, followed by a stint in Manhattan’s North Narcotics Unit, where he covered the 30th Precinct.

Greeley continued to climb the law enforcement ladder when he earned the title lieutenant in Washington Heights’ 33rd Precinct.

Making his way back to the Bronx, the father of four was promoted to captain and served as the executive officer at the 4-4 before transferring his power as the commanding officer at the Bronx Detectives Unit – Zone 9.

Proudly accepting his new position, Greeley began his latest role as the 49th Precinct’s commanding officer on August 4.

“I’m really excited about working with a lot of cops,” he commented about his recent move.

While he said he’s currently adjusting to the routine at the 4-9, he already knows one aspect of his job that’s going to take precedence – his own activity in the field.

Greeley said he’s excited to actively partake in neighborhood patrols and meet the residents that continuously put quality of life at the forefront of their neighborhood living.

  “The police are only as good as the community they’re serving,” he explained, further commenting that he also will look to local community leaders to further enable his ability to address the residents’ concerns in a successful and timely manner.

“It’s very rewarding to see different aspects of your job having a positive affect on the community,” Greeley said.

Though he now resides in Rockland County, he spent a number of years growing up along Fordham Road and will always have a special place in his heart for the Bronx.

Greeley said, “My ultimate goal is to keep crime down and serve the people of the 4-9 the best I can.”

Updated 5:30 pm, October 21, 2011
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