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Uptown's 34th Precinct Gets New Commanding Officer Who Started Career There

 Capt. Mundo (left) is taking over for Capt. Chris Morello.
Capt. Mundo (left) is taking over for Capt. Chris Morello.
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UPTOWN — The 34th Precinct's new commanding officer is returning to where his NYPD career first started as a patrol officer in the '90s.

Capt. Reymundo Mundo took the reins this week after Capt. Chris Morello moved on to be the executive officer of Bronx Narcotics.

"I would like to thank the Police Officers of this precinct for all of their efforts over the two years that I was here. And thank you to this great community for working with us," Morello wrote in a note on the precinct's Facebook page, adding that 2014 marked the lowest overall crime rate in the history of the 34th. "Together, we accomplished great things."

Morello started at the 34th Precinct in April 2014.

Mundo most recently served as commander of Police Service Area 5 in Harlem and worked closely with Harlem's 23rd, 25th and 28th precincts during his time there. He worked in the 34th Precinct "when the crime rate was considerably higher," the 34th Precinct Community Council said in a statement. 

A native New Yorker, with parents hailing from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, Mundo went on to become captain in 2013, the council noted.

“We welcome Capt. Mundo back to our community," Stephen Feldman, president of the council said, in the announcement. "He knows our neighborhood and is well prepared to work with everyone in our diverse precinct."

During Morello's tenure, the NYPD launched the Neighborhood Policing program in 2015, which was aimed at getting officers more involved with the members of the community

"I am certain that 2016 holds great things for this neighborhood," Morello added in his note. "With such great people and dedicated cops working together, how could it be any other way."