15th PDAC elects officers

Mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil will be elect­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s of­ficers dur­ing their Dec. 30 meet­ing at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter.

Mike Thaete, pres­id­ent for the past three years, won’t be run­ning for re-elec­tion. He resigned his post in late Oc­to­ber.

PDAC’s mem­bers aren’t drawn from the gen­er­al pub­lic. Most mem­bers rep­res­ent loc­al civic or Town Watch groups as well as churches or busi­nesses. The 15th PDAC has about a dozen mem­bers who meet monthly with po­lice to dis­cuss area prob­lems and anti-crime strategies and then take the in­form­a­tion back to their own or­gan­iz­a­tions.

Al­lan Lep­pert of Ta­cony-based Two Steps For­ward, One Step Back was nom­in­ated for pres­id­ent dur­ing the PDAC’s Nov. 25 meet­ing in the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter.

Dan Mur­ray, who rep­res­ents St. Timothy’s par­ish, was nom­in­ated for vice pres­id­ent.

Seek­ing re-elec­tion to the PDAC’s board are treas­urer Pete Specos, sec­ret­ary Phil Pap­pas and Gina Panchella, who handles pub­lic re­la­tions.

Lep­pert presen­ted Specos with a plaque to hon­or his long neigh­bor­hood in­volve­ment. Specos is the pres­id­ent of the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation and the group’s zon­ing of­ficer. He also is act­ive in the 15th’s PSA 1. Mem­bers of the gen­er­al pub­lic can at­tend PSA meet­ings to dis­cuss area prob­lems dir­ectly with of­ficers. The 15th Dis­trict is di­vided in­to three Po­lice Ser­vice Areas. Each has a lieu­ten­ant and spe­cif­ic of­ficers as­signed to it. PSA 1 is the dis­trict’s south­ern­most third and in­cludes Frank­ford and North­wood.

The PDAC con­ducts sev­er­al events dur­ing the year. On Nov. 23, it hos­ted a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for area res­id­ents in the church hall of Ma­ter Dol­orosa. On Dec. 7, the PDAC is spon­sor­ing a din­ner for of­ficers. On Dec. 10, the PDAC will have a Christ­mas party for kids at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter on St. Vin­cent Street. ••

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