NEW BEDFORD — Lt. Amos Melo, a veteran of the Police Department, will be promoted to captain and become commander of Station 3 in the North End District starting Sunday.

Melo will replace Capt. Thomas Flood, who is out on extended personal leave, according to police.

“Lt. Amos Melo, a 29-year veteran, is a committed and passionate law enforcement officer,” said Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro in a news release. “Lt. Melo has the necessary leadership and organizational skills to lead the North End District. I am confident his leadership, management style, strategic mindset and community policing philosophy will serve the North End District well."

Melo began his career with the department in 1989 and worked as a patrolman at all three stations until 1993, when he was promoted to detective in the Narcotics Division. He worked in Narcotics from 1993 to 1998, when he was promoted to sergeant, according to the release.

He was assigned to the Professional Standards Division from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, he was assigned to the Juvenile, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit (now known as the family services unit) until 2006. He returned to uniform patrol until 2009, when he became supervisor of the School Resource Division.

He was promoted to lieutenant in 2014 and became a uniform patrol platoon commander until June 2016, when he was named public information officer and administrative assistant to Chief Cordeiro.

“Lt. Melo is a hard-charging, experienced leader who will accelerate the Chief’s community policing strategy in the North End,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell in a news release. “I am confident that his impact will be felt immediately.”