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NYPD Promotions Bring New Commanders to Neighborhood Precincts

By Mathew Katz | April 29, 2013 2:23pm

CHELSEA — A rush of promotions in the senior ranks of the NYPD will bring new commanding officers to several Downtown police precincts, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.

Deputy Inspector Elisa Cokkinos, who currently commands the 10th Precinct covering Chelsea and parts of western Hell's Kitchen, will be transferred to the Sixth Precinct, covering the Village and SoHo, this week, sources said.

Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo, the current commander of the Sixth Precinct, is taking a job working for the new chief of department, Philip Banks.

Capt. David Miller, currently executive officer of the Seventh Precinct, which covers the Lower East Side, will return to the 10th Precinct to take over as commanding officer. The promotion will give Miller his first command.

Miller, known for crackdowns on unruly nightlife and underage drinking during his time policing the Lower East Side, formerly spent time in the 10th Precinct as a lieutenant, according to Larry O'Neill, president of the 10th Precinct's community council.

Cokkinos took over as commanding officer at the 10th Precinct in 2010 and quickly proved popular with many residents, particularly those who were largely concerned with quality-of-life issues.

Del Pozo took command of the Sixth Precinct in 2011 and said he would miss the job once he leaves it.

"Commanding a precinct is said to be the most difficult and rewarding job in the police department, and I'm honored to have done it," he said.

"I had the privilege of leading some great cops and serving a great community."

With reporting by Andrea Swalec.