15th district officer hailed for drug busts


Some new tech­no­logy helped a 15th Po­lice Dis­trict of­ficer find a stolen car and make a nar­cot­ics ar­rest.

Us­ing a patrol car equipped with a li­cense plate scan­ner, Of­ficer Daniel Gor­man found the stolen vehicle on March 3, Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, the dis­trict’s com­mand­er, an­nounced at the April 30 meet­ing of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil.

The scan­ner reads li­cense plates as the of­ficer drives, com­pares what is read to na­tion­al and state data­bases, and alerts the of­ficer when a stolen auto is found. The of­ficer then veri­fies the in­form­a­tion the scan­ning soft­ware gave him and fur­ther in­vest­ig­ates.

On March 3, Gor­man stopped the vehicle that had been flagged by the scan­ner. He ar­res­ted two people and found 48 pack­ets of heroin.

On March 26, the of­ficers stopped a vehicle after ob­serving a traffic vi­ol­a­tion. He no­ticed the auto’s op­er­at­or screw­ing on the top of an ice tea can. That can con­tained 102 grams of heroin worth about $2,600. The driver was ar­res­ted.

Those ar­rests and Gor­man’s oth­er activ­it­ies promp­ted his award as Of­ficer of the Month for March.

In oth­er busi­ness, the PDAC’s mem­bers dis­cussed the May 19 Com­munity Day, which will be loc­ated at Frank­ford and Cottman av­en­ues (at Ry­an Av­en­ue) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a run, a dunk tank and 18 in­form­a­tion tables, said PDAC treas­urer Pete Specos.

The PDAC, which usu­ally meets on the last Monday of every month, will meet this month on May 21 be­cause of the Me­mori­al Day hol­i­day.

The dis­trict is di­vided in­to three po­lice ser­vice areas. Su­per­visors meet with res­id­ents monthly to ex­change in­form­a­tion.

PSA 1, which is the south­ern third of the dis­trict, will meet 7 p.m. on Tues­day, May 22, at Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus, 4900 Frank­ford Ave.

PSA 2’s ses­sion will be at the Wissi­nom­ing Re­cre­ation Cen­ter at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, May 15. PSA 2 serves the cen­ter of the dis­trict.

Of­ficers from PSA 3, the north end of the dis­trict, will meet the pub­lic at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the Ta­cony Baptist Church on Dis­ston Street. ••End­Frag­ment 

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