MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — New police commanders have taken the reins in the two precincts that cover much of Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen.
The Midtown North precinct, covering the northern part of Midtown as well as Hell’s Kitchen between 42nd and 59th streets, will be led by Deputy Inspector Megan C. O’Malley.
She succeeds Inspector Mark Iocco, who is moving to Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which supervises nearly a dozen Manhattan precincts.
Meanwhile, the 10th Precinct, which includes the southern stretch of Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Yards and Chelsea, is now led by Captain Robert Gault. Former commander Deputy Inspector Kevin Coleman is moving to Patrol Borough Bronx, the NYPD said.
Both commanders assumed their new posts in late September.
O’Malley comes to Manhattan from Brooklyn’s 76th Precinct, covering Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook. A more than 10-year NYPD veteran, she had previously worked in Central Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct, according to Bklyner.
Civilians have made 10 complaints against O’Malley during her NYPD career, stemming from six separate incidents, according to police misconduct data released to the public last month by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Allegations include excessive force by the use of pepper spray, the use of offensive, race-based language and unnecessary questioning and searches.
None of the complaints were substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board — four were closed without an investigation and O’Malley was cleared of wrongdoing in four more. Two were unsubstantiated, meaning the CCRB could not find enough evidence to make a determination.
Gault, a 22-year NYPD veteran, was most recently the commander of the Times Square Unit, where he supervised the response to this summer’s protests against racism and police brutality, according to the NYPD.
The 10th Precinct welcomes our new Commanding Officer-Captain Robert Gault. He is eager to work with the communities of the Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen & Hudson Yards neighborhoods. We thank D.I. Coleman for his leadership & wish him the best. @NYPDPBBronx @NYPDChiefPatrol @NYPDPBMS pic.twitter.com/JG6oKyz9No
— NYPD 10th Precinct (@NYPD10Pct) September 22, 2020
Before coming to Midtown, Gault served as a Lieutenant in Harlem’s 28th Precinct, a sergeant in the 10th and Midtown South Precinct, and an officer on the Upper West Side’s 20th Precinct. He also holds a law degree from Fordham Law School and is a licensed attorney, the department said.
Civilians have made eight complaints against Gault stemming from three incidents in 2003 and 2018, records show. Allegations include improper of race-based language and abuse of authority by interfering with a recording.
None of the complaints were substantiated — five were closed without an investigation, Gault was cleared of wrongdoing in two more, and another was unsubstantiated.
Reports of crime in both precincts are down so far this year compared to this time last year, including a nearly 31 percent decrease in Midtown North, according to NYPD data.
Reports of rape, robbery, felony assault and grand larceny have all dropped in Midtown North. Burglary and car thefts have both risen, and the number of murders rose from one to three.
In the 10th Precinct, rape, felony assault and grand larceny are all down, while robberies, burglaries and car thefts are up. Murders have also risen from zero in 2019 to three this year, the data shows.