Captain David Miller, the executive officer at the 7th Precinct, was recently promoted and is moving on from his post as second in command of the Lower East Side station. We’re told he starts tomorrow as the new commanding officer of the 10th Precinct, which covers Chelsea and part of Hell’s Kitchen. DNA Info reports the promotion is one of several moves made by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Miller replaces Deputy Inspector Elisa Cokkinos, who’s being shifted to the 6th Precinct (Soho, the Village).
Miller earned both praise and criticism on the Lower East Side for a crackdown targeting underage drinking and other offenses at neighborhood bars and clubs. Quite a few nightlife venues were shut down during his tenure. The crackdown peaked in 2011, but undercover operations are still continuing and have resulted in several recent civil court cases.
Captain Peter Venice remains the commanding officer of the 7th Precinct. The next opportunity for the public to hear from him will be this coming Wednesday, May 8, during the monthly community council meeting. It takes place at 7:30 p.m., at the station house, located at 19 Pitt St. (Delancey).