2nd PDAC honors Officers of the Month at recent meetings

Dur­ing their meet­ings in March and Feb­ru­ary, mem­bers of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil honored sev­er­al of­ficers.

Di­anne Murphy, the dis­trict’s new com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, was honored in Feb­ru­ary as the Oc­to­ber 2012 Of­ficer of the Month.

Murphy was on bike patrol on Oct. 31 when she heard screams com­ing from a con­veni­ence store on the 6300 block of Bustleton Ave. The of­ficer saw a man run­ning to the back of the store with a black purse. Murphy pur­sued and caught the man. The wo­man who had screamed iden­ti­fied the man as the per­son who had knocked her down while snatch­ing her purse.

Ed­ward Sey­bert and Kev­in Mel­lody were honored as the Novem­ber 2012 of­ficers of the month be­cause they checked on a prob­able crime site and caught a rob­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Murphy, Sey­bert and Mel­lody were on bike patrol on Nov. 14 when they heard a Frank­ford Av­en­ue phone store had been robbed a few minutes be­fore 7:20 p.m. They rode to check on an­oth­er phone store on the 6800 block of Bustleton and saw a man, who ap­peared to be wear­ing a black mask, run­ning from that es­tab­lish­ment. 

The of­ficers chased the man down and found cash and a BB gun on him, Murphy said. Wit­nesses from both phone stores iden­ti­fied the man as the per­son who had robbed them.

Dur­ing their March meet­ing, PDAC mem­bers named Daniel Sweeney and Mark De­Lu­isi as Decem­ber’s of­ficers of the month.

Sweeney and De­Lu­isi were on bike patrol on Dec. 12 when they in­vest­ig­ated a ra­dio call about a home in­va­sion on the 7100 block of Oak­land St. They saw a man try­ing to change his cloth­ing in an al­ley on the 7200 block of Large St. The of­ficers ordered the man to the ground and kept him there un­til the vic­tim came to the scene and iden­ti­fied him.

Ar­res­ted was Shakour Ak­bar, 19, who was charged with rob­bery, burg­lary, tres­passing and as­sault. 

Mi­chael Long and An­thony Ros­selli were honored as the Janu­ary of­ficers of the month dur­ing the PDAC’s March ses­sion.

Ros­selli and Long were work­ing a burg­lary de­tail on Jan. 30 when they in­vest­ig­ated a ra­dio call about a per­son scream­ing.

On the 6800 block of Hor­rocks St., they in­ter­viewed a man who said he was knocked through an open three-story win­dow while fight­ing with an­oth­er man.

Be­fore hit­ting the ground, the vic­tim hit power lines and a fence post.

The two of­ficers, who were in plain clothes, put them­selves in­to a crowd of on­look­ers and no­ticed a man who had blood on his face. The man was de­tained and then sub­sequently iden­ti­fied by the in­jured man.

James Fox, 21, was ar­res­ted and charged with simple and ag­grav­ated as­sault, Murphy said.

Also, dur­ing the PDAC’s March meet­ing, Capt. Frank Palumbo said two of the dis­trict’s of­ficers ar­res­ted a man who was us­ing a Mac 10 fully auto­mat­ic ma­chine pis­tol dur­ing a rob­bery on Cottman Av­en­ue in late Feb­ru­ary.

Lt. Tom Ma­cart­ney said of­ficers Joseph and Ed­ward Green ar­res­ted 50-year-old Tal­bot Tab­ron on rob­bery, as­sault and weapons charges. The weapon Tab­ron al­legedly used dur­ing the mid­after­noon rob­bery on Feb. 22 on the 1000 block of Cottman may not be leg­ally owned by a ci­vil­ian, Ma­cart­ney said. It fires 33 rounds, he said.

Dur­ing both ses­sions, PDAC treas­urer Larry Genetti said the or­gan­iz­a­tion is look­ing for spon­sors for its June 8 “Of­ficers Ap­pre­ci­ation Day” bar­be­cue at the Levick and Har­bison headquar­ters of the 2nd and 15th dis­tricts and North­east De­tect­ives.

Dona­tions to the an­nu­al event can be sent to:

2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil

c/o Larry Genetti, Treas­urer

2831 Levick St.

Phil­adelphia, PA 19149-2116

For more in­form­a­tion, call Larry Genetti at 215-806-8082. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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