BUSHWICK — The captain of the Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights precinct will take the helm in Bushwick, replacing a commanding officer who's been at his post since 2014.
Captain Roberto Melendez from East New York's 75th Precinct will be promoted to take over Centa's 84th Precinct post in Downtown Brooklyn, according to police.
The 84th Precinct is a considerably calmer precinct than Bushwick's 83rd, with 38 percent less major crimes last year, according to NYPD statistics.
Tolentino, who served in Bushwick since August 2014, bid residents farewell at meeting of the neighborhood's clergy council Wednesday and later at a community board meeting.
"I am completely indebted to Bushwick and to you guys," Tolentino said, adding that if you spot him on the streets, "Don't extend a hand. I want you to extend a hug."
Tolentino was transferred to a position at the Information Technology Bureau, police confirmed.
In the two and a half years Tolentino has been at the precinct, he's presided over a 12 percent decrease in major crimes overall, most notably a dramatic drop in burglaries from 2015 to 2016.
Last year there were 154 fewer in 2016 year, crime statistics show.