NYPL Oral History: Bridging Our Stories: Nicholas Estavillo, Retired NYPD Chief of Patrol and Former Commanding Officer of the 34th Precinct
Meet Nick Estavillo, the first Hispanic three-star chief in the history of the New York City Police Department
, who talks about his
time in Washington Heights and Inwood as Commanding Officer of the 34th Precinct
in the late 1980s and 1990s.
In this wide ranging interview, Estavillo
challenges of managing a precinct, from boosting the morale of police officers devastated by the tragic death of 24-year-old Police Officer Michael Buzcek, shot and killed in 1988 as he
partner attempted to arrest two drugs suspects; through a time when murders and drugs in the neighborhood were at an all-time high; and through the Washington Heights riots in 1992.
talks about his
plan for splitting the 34th Precinct
into two, which was implemented; how he
tackled the issues of noise and quality of life concerns of neighborhood residents; advice on managing a police precinct filled with people of different personalities, educational backgrounds, skills, and values; and the importance of community support.
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