Officer Derrick Walker honored in the 7th

Of­ficer Der­rick Walk­er was re­cog­nized as the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict’s Of­ficer of the Month for May dur­ing a meet­ing of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil at Deer Mead­ows Re­tire­ment Com­munity.

Walk­er, a mem­ber of 3-Pla­toon, was on patrol on May 30 when po­lice re­ceived a re­port of an armed rob­bery at the Wawa store at 8151 Castor Ave. A 911 caller told a po­lice dis­patch­er that the crook used a knife in the heist.

While sur­vey­ing the neigh­bor­hood around the store, Walk­er spot­ted a black van parked on the corner of Lor­etto Av­en­ue and Ar­thur Street with its in­teri­or light il­lu­min­ated.

As Walk­er ap­proached the sus­pi­cious van, he saw a man try­ing to hide in the front seat. Mo­ments later, the sus­pect left the van, and the man at­temp­ted to flee on foot.

Walk­er chased him west­bound on Ar­thur Street and ordered him to stop, but the male kept run­ning. Walk­er got close enough to him to use a Taser weapon to bring him to the ground. The sus­pect was ar­res­ted without fur­ther in­cid­ent.

Walk­er also re­covered cash al­legedly stolen from the store at the scene. A store em­ploy­ee iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as the rob­ber.

In oth­er 7th PDAC activ­it­ies:

• The coun­cil is plan­ning a series of com­munity out­reach activ­it­ies for late sum­mer and the fall, all in­ten­ded to sup­port its mis­sion of fa­cil­it­at­ing bet­ter un­der­stand­ing between the po­lice and the com­munity they serve.

In con­junc­tion with Na­tion­al Night Out, Tues­day, Aug. 2, the 7th PDAC will spon­sor a bar­be­cue lunch­eon for the com­munity at the po­lice sta­tion that day.

The 7th dis­trict is at Bustleton Av­en­ue and Bowl­er Street. The PDAC seeks vo­lun­teers to help plan and work the lunch­eon.

In the fall, the PDAC will spon­sor a pub­lic-safety-re­lated es­say con­test for fourth- and fifth-grade stu­dents at Wil­li­am Loes­che School. The format and awards are yet to be de­term­ined.

On Sat­urday, Oct. 29, the PDAC will spon­sor its third an­nu­al com­munity Hal­loween party on the grounds of Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on. The party goes from noon to 3 p.m.

• The 7th dis­trict’s Po­lice Ser­vice Area (PSA) 3 meet­ing was  ched­uled for Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m., at Walk­er Lodge 306, 1290 Southamp­ton Road. ••

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