Community-oriented captain to guide precinct
Captain John D'Adamo, who served as second in command at the 43rd Precinct, took control of the 50th Precinct on Monday from Deputy Inspector Dermot Shea, who was transferred to a busier precinct.
Capt. D'Adamo, 37, served as executive officer at the 43rd Precinct for more than two years. He has been an NYPD officer since 1990, starting out in a housing district in the South Bronx. Being a police officer, he said, was the only thing he ever wanted to do. "I followed in my dad's footsteps," he explained.
Capt. D'Adamo is no stranger to the Five-0. He served as a lieutenant at the precinct for three months in 2000. "I have a vested interest here. My mother grew up on Godwin Terrace and I have family that lives here," Capt. D'Adamo said. "I'm very happy to be here. I'm looking forward to serving the residents of the Five-0 precinct."
Capt. D'Adamo lives in Rockland County with his wife.
In an interview on Tuesday, the new commander said he plans to spend his first week getting the pulse of the community in a series of get-togethers with community leaders. Today, Thursday, Feb. 21, he will host Community Board 8's public safety committee meeting, at the Five-0 at 7:30 p.m. "I plan to keep a strong bond with the community," he said, stressing that his door would always be open.
Capt. D'Adamo vowed to fight a recent uptick in crime. "We're going to address the lower end of the command in Marble Hill and Kingsbridge," he said. "We've had a spate of burglaries there."
Though Capt. D'Adamo appeared brisk and business-like, he admitted being a little swept up in the excitement of a new job. "Yes, it is very exciting and challenging at the same time," he said.
On Tuesday, Deputy Inspector Shea was spotted at the Five-0 in street clothes tying up loose ends. Capt. D'Adamo said he has been in touch with D.I. Shea since the shakeup. "It's been a very smooth transition," he said.