Community Fights NYPD decision to Move 34th Precinct Commander

Community Fights NYPD decision to Move 34th Precinct Commander

August 17, 2011 7:46am | By Carla Zanoni, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Community residents and leaders are protesting a decision by the NYPD to move Deputy Inspector Jose Navarro to another precinct after just 15 months in his post at the 34th Precinct. (NYPD)

UPPER MANHATTAN — Community leaders are calling on the NYPD to reverse a decision to reassign the 34th Precinct‘s commanding officer, just 15 months after he moved into the post.

Residents and elected officials began a letter writing campaign Monday asking that the NYPD allow Deputy Inspector Jose Navarro to remain in his role, particularly at a time of increased crime in the area.

“Losing Navarro at this critical time will hamper the countless efforts to reduce crime, lose momentum in implementing strategic crime prevention initiatives and damage already repaired police-community relations,” reads a letter sent to the department from dozens of community residents.

“His loss will be felt across the community and his departure will raise significant concerns,” continued the letter, addressed to Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Assistant Chief/Commanding Officer William Morris.

Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the decision.

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