By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A familiar face is coming to fill the shoes of Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney at the 13th Precinct, who announced at the most recent community council meeting last Tuesday that he would be transferring to the Midtown South precinct. Timoney, who has been at the precinct for the last three years, said that Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, previously the precinct’s executive officer, would be coming to replace him. Hellman started at his new post last Thursday.
In an interview during his first stint at the precinct in 2014, Hellman told Town & Village that he comes from a police family, with his father, uncle and brother all former or current police captains in the NYPD. Hellman started in the department in 1994 at the 19th precinct, covering the Upper East Side, and spent six years as an officer in Washington Heights. Prior to becoming the executive officer at the 13th Precinct in 2014, Hellman was in the same position at the 9th Precinct, which covers the East Village.
Hellman was not available for comment upon his return to the precinct, but previously told Town & Village that he prefers a proactive approach with his work, such as in domestic violence cases, where he prefers to speak with victims directly.
“A lot of time what happens in the precinct, we have a propensity for certain repeat offenders or the victim is elderly and I want to let those people know that services are available if there are repeat altercations,” he said in the previous interview. “It’s also important to have that relationship so if I go downtown, I’m already familiar with the case and can give as many details as possible.”
Hellman left the 13th Precinct as the executive officer around the same time in 2015 that Timoney arrived as the precinct’s commanding officer, having been transferred to Midtown North. Just before getting transferred back to the 13th, Hellman was in charge at the 7th Precinct in the Lower East Side. Local blog The Lo-Down noted that Hellman has been deputy inspector at the 7th precinct for the last two and a half years.
The Daily News reported last week that a number of other top-ranking positions in the NYPD were getting reshuffled, with 29 captains reassigned to new positions this month. The News noted that the recent transfers also moved a handful of women and minorities into higher leadership positions.