On October 22, 2019, PSD Chief Kevin Brown formally introduced Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso to the Public Safety Committee of the Roosevelt Island Resident’s Association (RIRA).
Members of the committee wanted to know more about Deputy Chief Amoroso’s background in community policing. It is a practice that started on Roosevelt Island under former PSD Chief McManus and has been continued since Chief Brown took over for him earlier this year.
Deputy Chief Amoroso told the committee, “I have a lot of experience with community policing. At the beginning of my law enforcement career, one of my first assignments was with the Housing Police, Service Area #4 in Lower Manhattan. I was a Directed Patrol Officer, which meant it was my duty to conduct community policing in the Lillian Wald housing projects. I worked every day in the same housing development with the same residents for three years. That experience taught me how effective community policing can be.”
When asked if he was still committed to the idea of community policing in his new role on Roosevelt Island, Deputy Chief Amoroso assured the committee that he supported it one-hundred percent. “It was one of the first questions Chief Brown had asked me when he interviewed me for this job. He made sure I understood that community policing is not only important to him, but it’s important to the people of Roosevelt Island. In fact, it’s one of the many reasons why I wanted to work here.”