15th PDAC is aiming for another gun buyback


Back-to-school/crime pre­ven­tion and gun-buy­back events were the big top­ics for mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil dur­ing their meet­ing Aug. 27 in the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter.

Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, the 15th dis­trict’s com­mand­er, said he was hop­ing a back-to-school event could be sched­uled for Sat­urday, Oct. 6, at the Mas­tery Charter School, at Charles and Bridge streets. A sim­il­ar PDAC-sponsored event last year drew 300 people, said Pete Specos, PDAC treas­urer.

Be­sides back-to-school, Bach­may­er said the po­lice and the PDAC’s vo­lun­teers want to stress crime pre­ven­tion to res­id­ents.

“We have ma­jor con­cerns with vi­ol­ence in that area,” the cap­tain said.

The event times haven’t been worked out yet, he ad­ded.

Mike Thaete, the PDAC’s pres­id­ent, said the or­gan­iz­a­tion re­cently spent $1,000 to buy 20 $50 Shop­Rite gift cards to be used in the next gun buy­back, which has yet to be sched­uled.

No ques­tions are asked of any­one who brings a gun to a buy­back, and any­one who does gets one of the gift cer­ti­fic­ates. Specos said po­lice and the PDAC have con­duc­ted four such pro­grams in the last two years and have taken about 200 guns off the street. Bach­may­er said a date will be set after the dis­trict works out a sched­ule with the Po­lice De­part­ment’s SWAT team, whose mem­bers at­tend gun buy­back ses­sions.

Res­id­ents of the 15th dis­trict, the city’s largest, can meet with Bach­may­er at his town hall ses­sion slated for Tues­day, Sept. 25, at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St.

Any­one who misses that can meet with 15th dis­trict of­ficers at three oth­er Septem­ber ses­sions:

• Res­id­ents of the top third of the dis­trict can bring loc­al con­cerns and ques­tions to the Ta­cony Baptist Church, 4715 Dis­ston St., at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

• Those who live in the dis­trict’s cen­ter, can go to the Wissi­nom­ing Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 5801 Frank­ford Ave., at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

• And res­id­ents of the dis­trict’s south­ern third can go to Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus, 4900 Frank­ford Ave., at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 26.

The next 15th PDAC meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at St. Joachim’s R.C. Church, 1527 Church St. PDAC ses­sions al­tern­ate between the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter and St. Joachim’s. ••End­Frag­ment 

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