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Slain cop Jonathan Diller ‘above and beyond everyone else,’ says first NYPD boss

As an NYPD rookie, Officer Jonathan Diller was more mature than most cops just out of the Police Academy, his first commanding officer told the Daily News Friday.

At the same time, Diller, who was slain Monday evening in Far Rockaway, Queens, was nervous about doing his job right — but Inspector Igor Pinkhasov said the rookie quickly grew into his role, excelling on patrol in one of the 105th Precinct’s busiest areas before leaving last year to join the Community Response Team.

“A lot of times you don’t want to lose a good cop,”  Pinkhasov said, “But I say, ‘It’s not a loss, it’s a gain for the Police Department and the community. CRT was looking for highly motivated people — and he was one of them.

“He was above and beyond everyone else, so that’s why I signed his paperwork and let him go to CRT.”

Captain Igor Pinkhasov (NYPD)
Captain Igor Pinkhasov (NYPD)

Pinkhasov, now assigned to the Detective Bureau, first met Diller in late 2021, when he arrived at the 105th Precinct after graduating from the Police Academy.

The commander latched onto Diller’s first name — the same as Pinkhasov’s son — as a talking point and assured him it was OK to be nervous.

Diller adapted quickly, Pinkhasov said. He fit in with the rank and file, playing catcher for the precinct softball team, and making quality arrests — 70 by the time he was shot dead.

Wake for slain NYPD Officer 31yr old Jonathan Diller at 4980 Merrick Road in Massapequa, Long Island, on Thursday March 28, 2024. 1357. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
Wake for slain NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller in Massapequa, L.I., on March 28, 2024. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

“That’s 70 lives he affected in a positive way — the victims,” Pinkhasove noted.

Pinkhasov, speaking shortly before attending Diller’s wake, said the cops who knew and worked with Diller will struggle the most to deal with his loss, some likely wondering why they should continue in a profession that has been under attack from critics in recent years.

“But we have a job to do because the silent majority needs us,” he said. “For every two people that scream they hate us, there’s a thousand that love us.”



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