Deputy Inspector Michael Cody is leaving the 104th Precinct with awards, accolades and the gratitude of one of the only Queens communities that has seen a decrease in crime.
As Cody moves to take over the leadership of the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights, community members thanked him for his dedication to transparency at the 104th Precinct Community Council meeting at Maspeth Town Hall Wednesday night.
Successor Captain Christopher Manson has large shoes to fill, as Cody was praised for a reduction in crime and the increase of resident participation through well-attended council meetings.
Manson has over 25 years of experience in the NYPD, but this is his first job as captain. He assured the community members that he won’t be hiding behind his desk. “I like to go out a lot,” he joked, adding he enjoys foot patrols and getting involved firsthand in investigations.
Cody set a precedent in the 104th Precinct - which includes the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, and Glendale - by working directly with members of the community and elected officials. As Manson takes over, members of the community wanted assurances that officers would still be accessible.
“Everything will go well and we’ll work together,” Manson said, noting the more phone calls, tips and help that the community can give the cops is a benefit for the entire precinct. “There are only so many of us. The more community involvement in crime reduction the better.”
Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, praised Cody on his service. She said that Cody’s work with local civic organizations and strengthening the Precinct Community Council led to his move.
“He was promoted because of you,” she said.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley presented Cody with an award and thanked him for his service. “You went above and beyond and our community is a better place because of the time you spent here,” she said.
To be true to ceremony, Cody officially presented Manson with the pin worn by the captain of the 104th Precinct.
Manson didn't get long to enjoy the pomp and circumstance. Community members immediately began asking him what he is going to do about specific recurring crimes in the area, including robberies on 78th Street.
One resident said that two cars on her block had their tires and rims stolen and were left on cinderblocks.
Manson said that there is a crime pattern where criminals are sending teams from the Bronx to Queens and stealing the tires right off of cars while the owner sleeps.
“This is a problem that is plaguing parts of New York City,” he said. “It’s a big profit, low-risk type crime.”
He said the criminals are using professional tools to make the job quick, and because the crimes occur on residential blocks, it is tough to catch them in the act. Manson said that community involvement will most likely catch these criminals.
“It’s all about 911 calls,” he said. “We can’t be everywhere.”
After his first council meeting, Manson said the experience was great. “It’s how you get the word out one-on-one,” he said. “You actually get to sit down and talk to your officers.”
With an involved community, Manson is aware that he is going to have be accountable. “The buck stops here,” he said. “No matter what happens, I’m responsible for it.”