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Photo by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
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The Fresh Meadows-based 107th Precinct has a new commanding officer after its previous leader was transferred to a new post within the NYPD.

Deputy Inspector Scott Henry assumed the role of commanding officer as of Dec. 6, 2016, replacing Deputy Inspector Paul Valerga, who was transferred to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau based in Manhattan.

 

“We got very busy here in the 107th Precinct; all good, too,” said Carol Ann Foley, president of the 107th Precinct Community Council, at the Jan. 24 meeting. “On Dec. 6, I was called by Deputy Inspector Valerga and told that he was transferring, and a couple of hours later I got a call from our new commanding officer.”

Henry was present for Tuesday night’s meeting and took time to introduce himself to residents.

The deputy inspector told attendees he grew up Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Before coming to the 107th Precinct, he worked in Internal Affairs for nine months, and prior to that, spent seven years in investigations as a borough commander for the NYPD Detective Bureau. He spent most of his career on patrol, but worked the last few years doing investigation work. This is his first stint as a precinct commander.

“My theory on management is that it’s always a team,” Henry said. “I stress that when I talk to the cops that work for me. There’s no individual success; it’s always success as being part of a team.”

The deputy inspector encouraged residents to feel comfortable calling the precinct with any concerns, and to always remember to say something when witnessing something that doesn’t seem right.

Henry thanked Foley and the precinct’s community council for their help creating a smooth transition and then took questions from attendees.

“Being a new commanding officer, there’s a lot of things you have to learn,” Henry said. “Here, in the 107th … every race, every religion, everybody is friendly to the police in this community. And that doesn’t happen by mistake; it’s not just a one-way road.”

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