The Middle Village native makes his return to the 112th Precinct a few years after initially working at the station house as an executive officer. The father of two brought his parents, Robert and Maria, to his introductory meeting with residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park.
Cermeli, who attended St. Margaret School in Middle Village and Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, studied criminal law at SUNY Old Westbury. Following the attacks on 9/11 Cermeli knew he wanted a future in law enforcement, and within months of the tragedy he joined the NYPD.
His first job was at the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan as an officer, but his entire supervisory career has been in the borough of Queens.
Cermeli was a sergeant at Patrol Borough Queens South, where he supervised a unit of plainclothes police officers whose mission was to prevent violent crimes and take guns off the street.
He also served as a lieutenant in the 114th Precinct and was assigned to special operations within the 108th Precinct. When Cermeli was promoted to captain two years ago, he served as executive officer at the 112th before moving on to serve as executive officer for both the 109th and 110th precincts.
“I’m blessed now to be back as commanding officer, not only because it’s familiar territory to me, but because this is an amazing community made up of hardworking people,” Cermeli said. “The people of this community support their police and want to see their neighborhood continue to thrive.”
Cermeli’s predecessor, Deputy Inspector Robert Ramos, worked at the precinct for two years. Deputy Chief of Patrol Borough Queens North, Steven Silks, who will be retiring in September, praised Cermeli for his work throughout his career.
“This community has been pretty lucky, with folks leading like Judith Harrison and Robert Ramos,” Silks said. “Sometimes we don’t always get to pick, but [Cermeli] was our first pick and every job that he’s had so far he’s been really successful. We have the utmost confidence in him.”
Cermeli is taking over at a time when the neighborhood has seen a decrease in both robberies and burglaries. Furthermore, there hasn’t been a homicide in the area this year to date.
“With my strong work ethic, intimate knowledge of Forest Hills and Rego Park, as well as the community’s support, we’ll continue to make reductions in crime and make strides in positive police and community relations,” Cermeli said.