109th Precinct’s Commanding Officer gets promoted after two years

Photo by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS

The 109th Precinct said goodbye to its Commanding Officer Inspector Judith Harrison after she served two years in the position.

Harrison was promoted from inspector to deputy chief at the NYPD promotion ceremony on Friday, July 27. According to the 109th Precinct, the inspector was assigned to the NYPD’s Detective Bureau, which is responsible for the prevention, detection and investigation of crime.

The commanding officer wrote a heartfelt note the night before announcing her departure on the precinct’s Facebook page. In it, she thanked the men and women with whom she served, the elected officials, civic and tenant associations and the 109th Precinct Community Council.

“Lastly to the community, thank you for allowing me to serve you. Thank you for being an extra set of eyes and ears. Thank you for embracing the Neighbirhood [sic.] Policing philosophy and for working in partnership with us. We could not do what we do without you!”

On the 109th Precinct’s Twitter, Harrison posted a photo of herself and Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes at the July 27 promotion ceremony.

Harrison, a lifelong Queens resident, joined the 109th Precinct in May 2016. Prior to that, she was the commanding officer of the 112th Precinct for nearly two years.

The precinct confirmed that Captain John Portalatin, the executive officer of the 109, stepped into Inspector Harrison’s old role until the new commanding officer is chosen.

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