Change of Command at 84th Precinct

DNA Info reports that Detective Inspector Sergio Centa, who has commanded the 84th Precinct, which covers Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and nearby areas, since September, 2014, left Thursday to take command of the 83rd Precinct in Bushwick. He there succeeded his predecessor as commander of the 84th, D.I. Maximo Tolentino. D.I. Centa’s successor as commander of the 84th is Captain Roberto Melendez, who comes to us from the 75th Precinct in East New York.

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  • American Eagle

    This is a DISASTER for everyone,

    and especially the Heights. The prime reason we didn’t have absolute anarchy with the events of the last 2 years is Capt Centa. He was by FAR the best commander in the last like 40 years. Intelligent, committed and steadfast. He was the exact opposite of what you usually get; career builders who could really care less how many victims there really are as long as compsat figures look good.
    What happens now? We continue to get the level of safety and responsiveness we really DO need? Hold on, this could be a really bumpy

  • Claude Scales

    I agree with all you said about D.I. Centa, but shouldn’t we give Capt. Melendez a chance before passing judgement?

  • Reggie

    Centa was a great CO and really rose to the tragic occasion of the assassination of Officers Ramos and Liu. Mark DiPaolo was also excellent, as was that guy who was buddies with Benjamin Ward. (What? You expect me to remember his name a decade later?) Even the lesser lights (no names) were capable of the job. “Disaster” and “anarchy” are a slap in the face to everyone who has ever held the post.

  • American Eagle

    I don’t know what you think 13 year old kids waving guns around in BBP and weapons displayed and people randomly assaulted and threatened on Jorlemon and what about the Dumbo incidents; gang fights with full auto fire? That’s what…perfect public order? Hey, Centa brought ALL that under control…

  • Reggie

    Those incidents occurred while Centa was in charge so by your backward logic, he was a bad commanding officer.