2018-07-04 / Front Page

112th Precinct Welcomes New ‘Top Cop’

By Liz Goff
Middle Village native Commanding Officer Capt. Jonathan Cermeli is widely respected as a popular top cop with a history of successfully policing the streets of Queens. Cermeli, a 16-year NYPD veteran, joined the ranks of New York’s finest following the September 11 terrorist attacks and began his career as a rookie officer at Manhattan’s Midtown South command. Cermeli’s rise through the ranks of the NYPD took him to assignments throughout Queens where he amassed a wealth of knowledge about neighborhood policing—listening to area residents and responding to their needs. As a sergeant in southern Queens, Cermeli supervised a team of plainclothes officers whose job it was to take guns off the streets. He rose to the rank of lieutenant shortly thereafter and served a stint at the 114th Precinct in Astoria/Long Island City.

Cermeli then served as special operations lieutenant at the 108th Precinct in Long Island City, and the Queens North Counter Terrorism Unit. Following his promotion to captain, Cermeli served as executive officer (“XO” in police lingo) at the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills, the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst and the 109th Precinct in Flushing.

Cermeli said he is “blessed to be back” at the 112th Precinct.

“And as your commanding officer. This is familiar territory for me and it is a great community, made up of hardworking people who support their police and want to see their neighborhood continue to thrive,” he said. 

Cermeli assumed command of the Forest Hills stationhouse from Dep. Inspector Robert Ramos, who led the command for two years. Ramos, who announced his retirement from the NYPD, leaves the 112th Precinct in the midst of plummeting crime statistics. The number of major crimes reported at the 112th Precinct for the year through June 17 is down 10 percent, compared with the same time period in 2017.

Cermeli told a crowd at the June meeting of the 112th Precinct Community Council that he is pleased to serve his first assignment as a commanding officer at the Forest Hills stationhouse.

“It’s like he’s come home to a place he really likes,” a police officer said. “He’s a nice guy who knows the neighborhood and has had a lot of success here.”

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