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Press Release | NO. 2007-005

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Press Release # 005
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announces new Borough Commander of Queens North and new Commanding Officer of the Police Academy.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the appointments of Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti as Borough Commander of Patrol Borough Queens North, and of Deputy Chief George W. Anderson, who is Executive Officer of the Personnel Bureau, to succeed her as Commanding Officer of the Police Academy. Both appointments are effective Monday, March 5.

"Both Chief Pizzuti and Chief Anderson have over 25 years of experience serving the Police Department and the city," Commissioner Kelly said.

"Chief Pizzuti has presided over the most extensive transformation of the Police Academy's curriculum, its rigorous physical education program, and recognition by national accrediting bodies for its overall program and for the acceptance by higher educational institutions of Police Academy courses for college credit. Together with her other, extensive Department experience, Chief Pizzuti will be a great leader for the administration of police services in Queens North."

In addition to her previous assignment, Chief Pizzuti has commanded the 17th and Midtown North Precincts, as well as the Corruption Prevention Division of the Internal Affairs Bureau. She also has served as Executive Officer of the 13th Precinct. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Chief Pizzuti holds a master's in Education from Seton Hall University.

She succeeds Assistant Chief James Tuller, who became Borough Commander of Manhattan South earlier this month.

"Chief Anderson has been in a pivotal leadership position for perhaps the most challenging period in the history of the Personnel Bureau. Nearly 40% of the Department has been hired over the last five years, putting unprecedented demands on the bureau. Chief Anderson, as he has throughout his career, has risen to the occasion with professionalism and outstanding outcomes. He will be a tremendous asset in making certain our young recruits get the best preparation possible," Commissioner Kelly said.

Chief Anderson is a former Executive Officer of the Police Academy and presently serves as Executive Officer of the Personnel Bureau. He holds a bachelor's in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York Regents College and master's degrees in Instructional Technology and in Criminal Justice from the New York Institute of Technology and State University of New York at Albany, respectively.

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