Every two years, precincts change commanding officers. For Wachter, however, the 104th Precinct was particularly special because he grew up there and his mother still lives in the precinct.
“It was an honor to serve here,” he said at GCOP's monthly meeting last week. “In the last two years, we changed a lot.”
Wachter touted a drop in crime, and said working with legislative partners they were able to accomplish a lot.
“We basically shutdown Myrtle Avenue,” he said. “The massage parlors don’t exist anymore.”
“When you talked about closing the massage parlors on Myrtle Avenue, that was a big deal,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller. “Other precincts, they’ll send a car here and there, you posted somebody in front of the place and people stopped going there.”
Mastronardi will continue the 104th Precinct's mission of community engagement, but first and foremost he’s focused on making crime drop even further. He specifically mentioned a burglary problem that’s been plaguing the precinct.
“I do have very large shoes to fill with Inspector Wachter leaving, but you’re in good hands,” he said. “I look forward to working with all of you. Not only is the precinct open, but my office is open to you.”
Mastronardi is a Queens native who worked in Brooklyn in the Detective’s Bureau for the past three years. This will be his first time in charge of a precinct.
“This guy is a crimefighter, which is great for the community.” Wachter said of his replacement.
Wachter will now move onto One Police Plaza, where he’ll be working as the commanding officer of the Career Enhancement Division. He praised GCOP for helping keep the community safe.
“Without all the people in the community that stepped forward and did these things, we would never get this stuff done,” he said. “When you work with the police, we can do anything.”