PHOTO: Capt. James Fey comes to the 106th Precinct from the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica. Photos Courtesy of NYPD and National Law Enforcement Associates, Inc.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The latest City Police Department staff shuffle has local implications.
NYPD brass on Monday handed down some new assignments, including transferring Deputy Inspector Jeff Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, to the same top-cop post in the 105. Captain James Fey, executive officer of the 103rd Precinct, earned a promotion to CO as he fills the void at the 106 left by the Schiff change.
Inspector Michael Coyle, commanding officer of the 105th Precinct, heads over to the Brooklyn South Detective Bureau as its new XO.
“Together, we have made great changes and improvements in our community, which gives me tremendous pride,” Coyle wrote to his “extended family” in south Queens. “We’ve also been through a lot this past year and your show of support for the officers of the 105th Precinct will forever be etched in my heart and mind.”
105th Precinct Officer Brian Moore was gunned down in the line of duty in Queens Village last May.
Schiff also penned a farewell message to his cops and the residents and business owners of Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, and Richmond Hill.
“I will miss ‘my’ (the community’s) officers who responded well to my leadership and direction and, of course, I will miss the community itself whom I’ve grown to know extremely well these past two years,” he said. “From the beginning, I contended that I (we) would only be successful if we worked together. Well, it looks like I was right. The increased, effective cooperation that we have attained between the Police and the Community has helped to make the 106th Precinct a safer and better place to live and work. We’ve learned a lot from each other and our mutual respect and friendship has grown in leaps and bounds. How can I not be reluctant in leaving?”
Schiff said that ultimately he exits the 101st Street stationhouse “a better NYPD executive.”
“This new assignment is a MAJOR step up in my career which could not have been achieved without the fantastic, hard work conducted by the men and women of the 106th Precinct with the full cooperation and support from the community, the elected officials, and civic leaders,” he wrote.