84th Precinct CO gets promotion

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Crime rates have plummeted so dramatically in the 84th Precinct that its Brooklyn-born commanding officer just got promoted.

Capt. Alan Abel, who took over the Gold Street stationhouse last year, was christened a deputy inspector last week by NYPD top cop Ray Kelly.

“Crime is at its lowest ever,” Kelly said, “which is due, in part, to the strong leadership of captains in local precincts.”

Abel was more humble.

“Brooklyn has experience a renaissance and I’m just happy to have been a part of it,” said Abel, whose wife and son joined him at the ceremony last Friday at One Police Plaza in Manhattan.

Whatever role Abel has played in that renaissance, crime is down 15 percent in his precinct, which covers Downtown, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and DUMBO, this year, as compared with around three percent citywide.

Kelly said the 84th Precinct is now the second safest in the city.

Abel has been working in the borough for years, serving as second-in-command for the Brooklyn North patrol bureau before being picked by Kelly to lead the 8-4.

Updated 5:16 pm, July 31, 2008
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