The Bronx's new commanding officer takes over

Chief Thomas Purtell starts his new post in the Bronx on Friday.

The Bronx's new commanding officer spent most of Thursday in meetings in preparation for taking over. Purtell was formally the commanding officer of special operations. He was then reassigned to the housing bureau following a raid at a Harlem apartment, which left a 57-year-old woman dead.

Although the NYPD did not make a formal announcement, department officials say Purtell is a talented young executive with a wealth of experience.

Chief Purtell replaces former commanding officer Chief Anthony Izzo, who will now head the narcotics bureau.

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