It was a red letter day for one of the neighborhood’s men in blue.
Richard DiBlasio, the commander of the 68th Precinct, was promoted to deputy inspector in a ceremony at One Police Plaza held the morning of Thursday, August 29.
DiBlasio came to the precinct – which encompasses Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton — as a captain in June, 2011, replacing Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, who had been transferred to the 70th Precinct in Flatbush and Midwood.
The members of the 68th Precinct Community Council congratulated DiBlasio, noting, “This is a well-deserved promotion, as he works so hard to keep our community safe and is a great leader to all of the men and women of the 68th Precinct.”
DiBlasio has presided over a decrease in crime. This year, so far, crime is down in the 68th Precinct, 2.34 percent, according to the NYPD’s crime-tracking system, CompStat. Citywide, year to date, crime is down 1.78 percent. In 2012, crime went down 2.2 percent in the 68th Precinct; citywide, it increased 3.32 percent citywide, according to CompStat.
Before coming to the 68th Precinct, DiBlasio had been assigned to Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, where he was a captain in the Investigations Unit. DiBlasio had also been executive officer at the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, a traffic lieutenant in the NYPD’s traffic control division, a lieutenant at the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn Heights and a sergeant at the 63rd Precinct in Mill Basin and Marine Park.