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New leader at Suffolk's 6th Precinct

Inspector Thomas Palmieri, above, took over for Inspector Robert Oswald, below, this week as commanding officer of the 6th Precinct. Photo above from SCPD; file photo below
February 21, 2013 | 09:42 AM
The Suffolk County Police Department's 6th Precinct has a new commanding officer after Inspector Robert Oswald was transferred to a position at police headquarters last week.

The 6th Precinct serves northwestern Brookhaven down to around the Long Island Expressway. On the North Shore it runs roughly from Stony Brook in the west to Miller Place in the east.

Oswald is now the executive officer in the office of the chief of support services.

Support services includes functions such as personnel, payroll and supplies.

According to a police spokesperson, Oswald had been the 6th Precinct's commanding officer since November 2009.

When asked the reason for the transfer, SCPD Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon said, "The police commissioner has the discretion to move employees around as he sees the best fit" and in a department as large as the SCPD, there are hundreds of transfers during the year.

The precinct's new commanding officer is Inspector Thomas Palmieri, who was last in the office of the chief of patrol, according to the SCPD.

Before that, he was an executive officer in the 1st Precinct and has held positions in various sections, including highway patrol and central records. He was hired in 1985.

Palmieri's first day as 6th Precinct commanding officer was Monday, according to Sgt. Colleen Cooney, who works in the commissioner's office.

Fallon said the SCPD was grateful for the job Oswald did at the 6th Precinct and he is "a very well-respected and well-decorated member of our department."

Fallon added Palmieri is as well, and is "someone who has a very impressive and outstanding law enforcement background."

This version corrects information about Oswald's new position.

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