NYPD Promotes Pichardo

Fausto Pichardo at Coogan’s. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Fausto Pichardo became the first officer of Dominican heritage to be promoted to a two-star chief with the New York Police Department (NYPD), reports Gregg McQueen in Manhattan Times.

Pichardo, 40, is a 19-year veteran of the NYPD. He was promoted to be executive officer for the Patrol Services Bureau during a ceremony at NYPD headquarters on Jan. 18, and on Jan. 23 his elevation was celebrated at Coogan’s Restaurant in Upper Manhattan, where Rep. Adriano Espaillat and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill were in attendance.

Commissioner O’Neill said Pichardo’s promotion was a “special day” for the NYPD.

“He’s a great cop, but more importantly, he’s a great human being,” he said.

O’Neill joked that Espaillat pestered him “about five million times” about promoting a Dominican officer to Chief. He then recalled his first interaction with Pichardo, about a decade ago on a call dealing with a distressed woman with three children in an apartment building.

“His compassion, the way he kept calm, the way he talked to her, the way he talked to the police officers, I knew he was a future leader in the NYPD,” O’Neill said.

Also in attendance were new NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council members Ydanis Rodríguez, Vanessa Gibson and Rubén Díaz Sr., and City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Pichardo has ties to Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

Go to Manhattan Times to learn how the two-star chief reacted to support he’s received from the Dominican community.

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