2nd PDAC honors local heroes


Of­ficers Ry­an Laskowski and Fran­cis Sanc­hez of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict don’t work to­geth­er reg­u­larly, but when they do, they click.

And they’re busy, said their com­mand­er, Capt. Mi­chael Mc­Car­rick. They handle the most ra­dio calls in their pla­toon and are re­spons­ible for sev­er­al ar­rests as well as nu­mer­ous car and ped­es­tri­an stops.

Sanc­hez and Laskowski were honored as Of­ficers of the Month for May at the Sept. 11 meet­ing of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil. They’re a team to be re­lied upon, the cap­tain said dur­ing the PDAC ses­sion at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home on Tabor Av­en­ue.

In the sum­mer, Mc­Car­rick said, life might seem slower to most people, but not to po­lice. They’ve been busy, the cap­tain said.

The activ­ity has had res­ults, he ad­ded, and the dis­trict has seen de­creases in all types of crimes. Some of those suc­cesses come from co­oper­at­ive work with po­lice in nearby Mont­gomery and Bucks counties, Mc­Car­rick said.

Pill use by ju­ven­iles is spread­ing, the cap­tain said. That’s hap­pen­ing just about every­where, and par­ents can’t de­tect their chil­dren are us­ing il­li­cit drugs in pill form.

Drug sellers also are hid­ing their wares in homes throughout the North­east, Mc­Car­rick said. The only time po­lice are made aware of the ex­ist­ence of a par­tic­u­lar “stash house,” he said, is when the drug deal­ers do something to draw at­ten­tion to them­selves.

“And they don’t,” Mc­Car­rick said.

Neigh­bors should be aware that most drug houses are rent­als. If they no­tice ex­tra se­cur­ity, like out­side cam­er­as, or odd be­ha­vi­or at a prop­erty, it just might be a stash house, he said.

The 2nd dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, Mark Mroz, said a be­ne­fit for the fam­ily of High­way Patrol Of­ficer Bri­an Lorenzo is sched­uled for Sat­urday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Southamp­ton Room, 2980 Southamp­ton Road. Tick­ets are $30.

Lorenzo was trav­el­ing on In­ter­state 95 on his way to his Somer­ton home at 3 a.m. on Ju­ly 8 when he was killed in a col­li­sion with a vehicle headed in the wrong dir­ec­tion.

For in­form­a­tion, call Lt. Timothy Mc­Cairns at 215-686-3103. ••End­Frag­ment 

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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