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Bike ride begins 2nd PDAC’s Community Day

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There prob­ably won’t be a safer place to ride your bike Sat­urday than in North­east Phil­adelphia’s 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict.

To say you’d have a po­lice es­cort would be to un­der­state things.  There will be cops — lots of cops.

You, the po­lice and any­body else along for the 10-mile bike ride that is a warm-up for the dis­trict’s an­nu­al Com­munity Day also will be ac­com­pan­ied by po­lice vehicles, their lights flash­ing and sirens blar­ing.

The ride be­gins at 9 a.m. at the Tar­get park­ing lot on Bustleton Av­en­ue across from the Roosevelt Mall and winds through the North­east’s south­ern- and west­ern­most po­lice dis­trict un­til riders re­turn to the Tar­get lot after 11 a.m.

“It’s not a race,” said Larry Genetti, treas­urer of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil, which or­gan­ized the day’s events.

It is, in­stead, a leis­urely ped­al through the dis­trict. He said people are free to go along for the whole 10 miles or bi­cycle for any dis­tance they choose.

And, said PDAC chair­wo­man Lynn Genetti, bikes aren’t re­quired either.

Par­ti­cipants can use “roller skates or walk if they want,” she said dur­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s meet­ing on May 10 at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home on Tabor Av­en­ue.

When the ride ends back at Tar­get, the PDAC’s sev­enth an­nu­al Com­munity Day be­gins, said Larry Genetti.

The event gives res­id­ents plenty of op­por­tun­it­ies to meet people in law en­force­ment, said Mark Mroz, the dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer.

Rep­res­ent­at­ives of the city Po­lice De­part­ment’s moun­ted unit, K-9 unit, Mar­ine unit, SWAT, FBI and the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice will be on hand, Mroz said.

Po­lice will of­fer free vehicle iden­ti­fic­a­tion num­ber etch­ing, he said.

At a pre­vi­ous ses­sion, Larry Genetti said there would be lots of in­form­a­tion from the City Con­trol­ler’s Of­fice, Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, North­east Rotary and Jeanes Hos­pit­al.

Also, Mroz’s daugh­ter, Rachel, will col­lect dona­tions of non-per­ish­able pet food to give to area an­im­al shel­ters. Canned or dry pet foods will be ac­cep­ted.

A big draw every year has been free child fin­ger­print­ing, but the biggest at­trac­tion is free doc­u­ment shred­ding, he said.

Every­one has doc­u­ments they no longer need, but some con­tain so much per­son­al in­form­a­tion that it’s too risky to throw away. Bring those to Com­munity Day and get them shred­ded.

Also, the PDAC has pur­chased 250 flash drives — small com­puter-memory devices also known as jump drives or key drives — so par­ents may store fin­ger­prints, pho­tos or oth­er in­form­a­tion about their chil­dren.

Vo­lun­teers are needed to help man the event as well as set up and take down chairs, tables and tents.

Any­one in­ter­ested in vo­lun­teer­ing should con­tact Lynn Genetti at 215-342-8946, send an e-mail to 2nd­P­DAC@gmail.com or show up Sat­urday morn­ing ready to pitch in.

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You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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