NYPD Housing Chief Returns To Development Where He Grew Up

NEW YORK (CBS New York) — Policing in New York City public housing is especially personal for the man in charge.

As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported exclusively Tuesday, NYPD Chief of Housing James Secreto grew up in the very community he is now protecting and serving.

“A lot of memories – a lot of good memories, actually,” Secreto said.

When Secreto met with Grymes, he was not just walking his beat. He was also walking to his very childhood home.

“This was my apartment right here, 6A,” he said as he pointed to a door. He reminisced about riding bikes around the looping hallway.

Secreto grew up in the Albany Houses in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It is now one of more than 300 city housing developments he oversees as the NYPD chief of housing.

“I feel like I owe the people who live here — the residents — to make it as safe as I can for them,” Secreto said.

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