BY JON CRONIN
Queens-born and -bred Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said that he is moving on from the 105th Precinct to join a different city Police Department division.
“March 1 was my two-year anniversary at the 105th,” said Schiff, who, as of May 29, took over as the executive officer of the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division. “It’s an honor to be part of the Counterterrorism Division. It’s a departure from what I know. Until now, patrol is what I know.”
Schiff, who has spent 22 years with the NYPD, grew up in Bellerose, which is part of the 105th Precinct.
“It was my hometown precinct,” he said. “I never thought I would be the commanding officer there.”
He said that he will miss interacting with the community.
“That’s why I got into this—getting my hands dirty, catching bad guys,” he said. “I recognize that it’s my time to move on.”
At the Counterterrorism Division, he noted that his work will be much more behind the scenes.
“It’ll be much harder to see the results of our work,” he said. “In the precinct, I can see the results right away. I’m gonna miss working with the community closely.”
He said that his favorite part of the job was the friends and partnerships he created.
“I’m not BS’ing; this is why I came on the job,” he said. “People gave concerns and we acted on them. They have a great foundation to start off on. I’m really proud of the officers doing great work. There are so many things I’m proud of.”
He noted that the 105th Precinct has reported a decrease in crime as well as a drop in reports to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which takes community reports on officer conduct.
“I think I really established a good rapport with the community,” he said, recalling that as many as 350 people attended the announcement for the Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program rollout. “There were people waiting out in the hallway.”
Several years ago, Schiff made a name for himself as a commanding officer in Brooklyn when Ray Kelly was still the city’s top cop. Schiff took to Twitter and Facebook to get the word out on persons of interest in crimes.
“I think I served a purpose,” he said. “I wanted a sense of transparency of where I worked. I was telling [the community] the facts that they need to know. How can the community help if they don’t know everything that’s going on?”
He added that he started posting on social media since handing out 200 to 300 “wanted” fliers took time away from his officers’ work. It was reported at the time that the commissioner asked him to stop this practice. He said that he didn’t get in trouble, but was given a “talking to” since he hadn’t asked for permission.
Thereafter, the 105th Precinct began live-streaming its community council meetings on Facebook. Schiff said that the most recent meeting received 250 views.
“Social media is how we need to operate,” he said. “Young people don’t come to these meetings. Ray Kelly didn’t get it; it wasn’t his generation. It’s understandable.”
But once the NYPD underwent a change in leadership, Schiff noted that social media were then utilized by every precinct in the city.
“That’s my legacy for the NYPD. That’s what I did and I’ll always be proud of that,” he said.