7th Police District names officer of the year

Of­ficer Tom Carpino (left) was named Of­ficer of the Year for the 7th dis­trict. Of­ficers Der­rick Walk­er (second from left) and Randy Vo­gt were nom­in­ated for the award. Presenters were Deputy Com­mis­sion­er Thomas Wright, (third from right) Cap­tain Joe Zaffino (second from right) and Lieu­ten­ant Mike Root. (Bill Kenny)


There is no short­age of power­ful people who ap­pre­ci­ate the work per­formed by the of­ficers in the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict.

Five Pennsylvania law­makers, a City Coun­cil mem­ber and Phil­adelphia’s con­trol­ler joined the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil re­cently in hon­or­ing Tom Carpino as the dis­trict’s Of­ficer of the Year for 2011.

In a vote of PDAC mem­bers, Carpino edged out fel­low nom­in­ees Randy Vo­gt and Der­rick Walk­er for the award.

Lt. Mike Root, the dis­trict’s ad­min­is­trat­ive of­ficer, nom­in­ated Carpino for his re­cord of sev­er­al high-pro­file ar­rests dur­ing the year, along with the of­ficer’s con­sist­ently high stand­ard of per­form­ance.

“In 2011, Tom made sev­er­al qual­ity ar­rests in­clud­ing rob­bery, burg­lary, ag­grav­ated as­sault, theft, nar­cot­ics and sev­er­al qual­ity of life ar­rests,” Root wrote in a nom­in­a­tion let­ter.

In one case, Carpino cap­tured two men as they burg­lar­ized a home on the 2300 block of Stan­wood St. In an­oth­er case, Carpino ar­res­ted two men after he saw them try­ing to break in­to the New Boulevard Diner at 11650 Roosevelt Blvd.

In the lat­ter case, Carpino was as­signed to a spe­cial burg­lary de­tail and po­si­tioned him­self in a po­lice car on the north­bound side of Roosevelt Boulevard. One day, between 2 and 3 a.m., he saw two men act­ing sus­pi­ciously near the diner on the south­bound side of the state high­way. The res­taur­ant was closed to busi­ness at the time.

When the men tried to shat­ter a win­dow, Carpino ran across 12 lanes of traffic to cap­ture them

In an­oth­er case, Carpino ar­res­ted a thief after he had stolen a cash re­gister from the Tiffany Diner at Roosevelt Boulevard and Welsh Road.

State Sens. Mike Stack and Christine Tartagli­one took part in last week’s award present­a­tion, as did state Reps. Brendan Boyle, Kev­in Boyle and John Sabat­ina, City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill and City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz.

Deputy Com­mis­sion­er Thomas Wright and Capt. Joe Zaffino of the 7th dis­trict rep­res­en­ted the po­lice de­part­ment’s com­mand staff.

Lt. Dav­id Curry nom­in­ated Vo­gt for the award upon the re­com­mend­a­tions of Sgt. James Len­non and Vo­gt’s pla­toon mates. Vo­gt was named the dis­trict’s Of­ficer of the Month twice in 2011 and was nom­in­ated for a third monthly award.

He is the des­ig­nated Ma­jor In­cid­ent and Re­sponse Team Of­ficer for the dis­trict, a job that re­quires him to train for and re­spond to ter­ror­ist and chem­ic­al-ra­di­olo­gic­al in­cid­ents that may oc­cur. He has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the train­ing for the U.S. Home­land Se­cur­ity De­part­ment’s first re­spon­der team.

Sgt. An­thony DiPi­etro nom­in­ated Walk­er as Of­ficer of the Year for his con­sist­ently pos­it­ive at­ti­tude and work eth­ic, along with sev­er­al out­stand­ing ar­rests ran­ging from qual­ity-of-life vi­ol­a­tions to a burg­lary in pro­gress. Walk­er earned two mer­it com­mend­a­tions in 2011 and an Of­ficer of the Month award. In ad­di­tion, Walk­er scored well on a re­cent pro­mo­tion­al ex­am and is in line to be­come a de­tect­ive.

Walk­er was one of two of­ficers re­cog­nized as Of­ficers of the Month for April 2012, along with Bar­bara Tiano.

The hon­or stemmed from their re­sponse to a dis­turb­ance out­side a Bustleton bar/res­taur­ant on Fri­day, April 20.

Tiano was on patrol on the 9900 block of Bustleton Ave. when she saw people fight­ing in front of the busi­ness. Two men ap­peared to be at­tack­ing a third man. Then when an off-duty of­ficer tried to break up the mel­ee, the at­tack­ers al­legedly as­saul­ted him and frac­tured his skull.

Tiano used po­lice ra­dio to call for backup and de­scribe the as­sail­ants, who fled the scene in a car.

A short time later, Walk­er spot­ted their car trav­el­ing on the 1900 block of Welsh Road. He stopped the vehicle and ar­res­ted the two al­leged at­tack­ers.

Mean­while, the off-duty of­ficer was treated at an area hos­pit­al and is re­cov­er­ing from his in­jur­ies. ••


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