Deputy Inspector Joseph E. Cappelmann departs and the command welcomes Captain David F. Cordano as Commanding Officer

For the past three years, Deputy Inspector Joseph E. Cappelmann valiantly led the 112th Precinct on Austin Street at Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills. At the end of April, Cappelmann passed on the Commanding Officer’s lapel pin to Captain David F. Cordano, an 18-year department veteran.

At the end of last month, Cordano received a fitting sendoff from Deputy Inspector Eileen Downing, Commanding Officer at the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights, where he had served as Executive Officer. Cordano, 39, began with the NYPD in July of 2005 and served at the 100th and 114th precincts. The 112 and 115 precincts are part of the Patrol Borough Queens North Command. The nearby 107th precinct, part of the Queens South Command centralized in Kew Gardens Hills, widely serves the similar Orthodox Jewish community found in Forest Hills and Rego Park. Cappelmann worked well with his neighboring partners and Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Kevin Chan when overlapping safety concerns arose. 

Cappelmann was a well-known face to the Jewish communities of Forest Hills and Rego Park, and worked closely on community concerns with Avraham Pinkhasov, Coordinator of QBSP-Shmira. Back in March of 2021, at the unveiling of Shmira’s first vehicle fleet, Cappelmann proudly spoke of the organization’s volunteers as additional eyes and ears within the community. Last summer, Cappelmann presented Pinkhasov with a Civilian Accommodation Award, highlighting their many successful endeavors.

“Thank you, Deputy Inspector Cappelmann, for all that you have done for the betterment and safety of our community as Commanding Officer of the 112! We wish you much success going forward. It was a pleasure working with your command,” said Pinkhasov. He added, “We would like to welcome Commanding Officer Captain David Cordano to the 112th Precinct. We look forward to continuing to have our dedicated volunteers work alongside the precinct as we serve our neighborhoods under your leadership and make the community a safer place for all.”

The official transfer took place on April 26. 

 By Shabsie Saphirstein