BY THE VILLAGE SUN | History was made at the 9th Precinct on Dec. 9, when a female commanding officer took over the reins for the first time.
Captain Pamela Jeronimo succeeds Deputy Inspector Ralph Clement in leading the East Village police station house.
The New York Police Department typically moves around precinct commanders every two or three years. Clement — who led the 9th for three years, since October 2020 — has been reassigned to head the 103rd Precinct in western Queens.
Jeronimo is also a practicing licensed attorney. Her LinkedIn profile lists her as “Attorney/Captain.”
Jeronimo has been a member of the force for 19 years. For the past two years, she was the executive officer, or second in command, at the 13th Precinct, covering Stuyvesant Town, Gramercy, Madison Square and Union Square. Before that she was the unit commander of the New York Police Department’s Candidate Assessment Division, following a five-year stint as a sergeant and then a lieutenant at the N.Y.P.D. Office of Management Analysis and Planning; three years as a patrol sergeant at the Midtown South Precinct, five years as a police officer at the 66th Precinct, covering Brooklyn’s Midwood and Kensington neighborhoods, four years on “platoon patrol” and one year as a school safety officer.
Jeronimo does not appear to have any substantiated police misconduct complaints.
For her undergraduate studies, she attended Fordham University and the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France (where she focused on French studies), earning her bachelor’s degree in 2003.
More than 10 years later, while simultaneously holding down her job as a police officer, she attended Tribeca’s New York Law School from 2014 to 2018 to earn her law degree.
Jeronimo is the founder of the Jeronimo Law Group. Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, she specializes in estate planning (trusts and wills), property law, family law and elder law (guardianship).
Could precinct commanders with a legal background be a trend? Captain Jason Zeikel, the commanding officer of Greenwich Village’s 6th Precinct, said he had a strong interest in becoming a lawyer before deciding on police work as a career. He currently enjoys teaching a course at his alma mater, John Jay College.