City of New Rochelle employees have informed Talk of the Sound that a Community Service Officer working for the New Rochelle Police Department has, on three separate occasions, attempted to pull over and detain drivers for alleged traffic violations such as running a red-light and aggressive driving. In each instance the Community Service Officer was driving a police department "code enforcement" vehicle with amber lights. The workers who came forward asked not to be identified.
Community Service Officer (CSO's) are not sworn officers and do not carry guns. They are not certified by the State of New York and have no powers of arrest. They can issue ordinance violations and parking tickets, but can not detain someone.
Talk of the Sound has independently identified the CSO as Elmo Palomino.
Palomino has worked for the NRPD as a CSO since May 1990. According to Freedom of Information Request filed by the Journal News, Palomino earns a salary of $48,558. With overtime and a uniform and equipment stipend his total income in 2007 was reported as $49,523. Palomino reports to Police Sergeant Myron Joseph. Attempts to reach Sergeant Joseph were unsuccessful.