BY LUIS GRONDA
The new captain of the 112th Precinct introduced herself to the community on Tuesday.
Captain Judith Harrison appeared at her first precinct council meeting since taking over the command from Captain Thomas Conforti in July.
As part of the introduction, the Captain gave a little background about herself and where she worked within the NYPD before taking over as head of the 112.
Harrison has been with the Police Dept. for 17 years, beginning her career at the 103rd Precinct in Southeast Queens then the 102nd Precinct, which covers Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Kew Gardens. She was then promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the 104th Precinct, which is based in Ridgewood and also covers Middle Village, Maspeth and Glendale.
She then went to the Police Academy for three years during her time as a sergeant, serving as an instructor for up-and-coming officers. She was then promoted to lieutenant and went to the 109th Precinct, based in Flushing, then worked at the 112th before getting promoted two months ago. Harrison said she worked under Chief Diana Pizzuti as a personnel officer.
Speaking from the experience of having her under her wing, Pizzuti had some complementary words for Harrison.
“When Captain Conforti was going to move to the next precinct and we had to fill the spot here, I could think of no one better than Captain Harrison,” she said. “She’s very poised, dedicated, family oriented. She’ll be very receptive to the challenges here as well your concerns.”
Harrison then introduced the cops of the month award that every precinct council gives out at every meeting. She chose to call it the “cops of the summer” award for this meeting as it covered the months of July and August. The Council does not meet during those months.
The five officers that were honored are Sgt. Frank DiChristina, PO Mark Finelli, PO Joseph Vella, PO Michael Carswell and PO Brian Benedict.
Carswell received the award for catching a young man in the act of drawing graffiti on a storefront, Vella and Finelli were honored for catching a person in possession of cocaine and rejecting a bribe from the suspect and DiChristina and Benedict got it for stopping a robbery in progress.
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