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. ••