New 102 Cmdr. Meets Council
Fmr. Transit Bureau Boss Holds Court In R.H.
Residents of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and Ozone Park got a chance to meet the new commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct during the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting last Tuesday night, Nov. 20, at the Richmond Hill library.
Capt. Henry Sautner made his first appearance before the group after taking the helm of the precinct from Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, who recently retired from the force. Among those on hand to greet him were City Council Member Karen Koslowitz, Precinct Council President Latchman Budhai and other members of the advisory group.
Sautner was assigned to the 102nd Precinct after serving as the commanding officer of the NYPD Transit Bureau District 33, which covers subway lines in Brooklyn. As he told the audience, this marks his first assignment within Patrol Borough Queens South, although he was born and raised in the area.
“Twenty years on the job, I’ve never worked in Queens South,” he said, noting that he started out in the NYPD as an officer with the 63rd Precinct in southern Brooklyn. Over time, he worked with various units within Brooklyn and the Transit Bureau.
“It’s a different type of policing,” Sautner said regarding commanding a standard community precinct. In his first month on the job, he noted that he reached out to various organizations around Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, including religious sects, block associations and elected officials.
“I got immediately, in my first month here, that this is a tight knit community that’s very concerned about the well being and development of the various neighborhoods,” Sautner added. “It’s very diverse, and that’s right in my wheelhouse.”
Calling himself a “high-energy guy,” the captain stated that he would be “out and about” the entire precinct confines, working with local resi- dents and officers in reducing crime around the area. Speaking about the 102nd Precinct’s force as a whole, he stated that they are “top notch from the civilians right up to my executive officer,” Capt. Craig Adelman.
A resident of the Rockaways, Sautner also spoke about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the area, noting that the communities on the shore are “suffering tremendously” from the storm.
“If you lost power and were inconvenienced, I hope that was the worst that happened” during the storm, he said, noting that he encountered a great deal of devastation while patrolling and volunteering around the Rockaways. He called the experience “a bit overwhelming.”
Cops of the Month
Sgt. Christopher Schmitt and Police Officers Joseph Andres and Louis Malave were honored as Cops of the Month for their work to stop three suspected burglars in Richmond Hill recently.
According to Sautner, the officers worked together to stop an 18-yearold male who was caught breaking into a garage and moving property at a home on 97th Avenue near 129th Street. Through information obtained during their investigation, the officers also stopped two of the burglar’s cohorts moments later inside Phil Rizzuto (formerly Smokey Oval) Park.
The captain noted that the apprehended 18-year-old alleged burglar remains in custody without bail. For their efforts, the officers received awards, including one donated by the Times Newsweekly.
The 102nd Precinct Community Council generally meets on the third Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Hill library, located at 118-15 Hillside Ave. For more information, call the Community Affairs Unit at 1-718-805-3215.