15th PDAC recognizes officers Hall and Winkler

The 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil honored Ray­mond Hall and Mi­chael Wink­ler as Janu­ary’s Of­ficers of the Month for an ar­rest they made of a man who is ac­cused of car­ry­ing a gun that had been stolen in a rob­bery.

Capt. John Mc­Clo­s­key, the 15th’s com­mand­er, said the two of­ficers saw Dav­id Whitest, 22, of the 4200 block of Rhawn St., partly con­ceal­ing a fire­arm on his per­son on the 7900 block of Walk­er St. at 12:32 a.m. on Feb. 1. 

When Hall and Wink­ler tried to stop him to learn if he had a li­cense to carry the gun, Whitest fled and al­legedly threw the weapon in­to some bushes. The of­ficers man­aged to stop him on the 8000 block of Walk­er and sub­sequently found a loaded .45-caliber semi­auto­mat­ic pis­tol in the bushes. They also al­legedly found eight pack­ets of marijuana on Whitest. 

Also, the cap­tain said, the weapon turned out to be stolen dur­ing a Jan. 18 gun­point rob­bery on the 4200 block of Welsh Road. De­tect­ives showed the vic­tim of that crime a photo ar­ray and Whitest was iden­ti­fied as the rob­ber. 

In oth­er news: 

—Mc­Clo­s­key also told mem­bers at the Feb. 25 meet­ing that he has ad­ded 20 cops to foot patrols and hopes to soon get those of­ficers on bikes to ex­pand the range of their patrols.

— The cap­tain also said his of­ficers are stop­ping by busi­nesses that op­er­ate in res­id­en­tial areas to re­mind them they must close at 11 p.m. 

Busi­nesses that stay open past that dead­line are sub­ject to $300 fines, he said. This is a qual­ity-of-life is­sue, Mc­Clo­s­key said. Res­id­ents fear stores that stay open late be­come hangouts for drug deal­ers, he said.

— Al­though there have been a few hom­icides in the 15th, the city’s largest and busiest dis­trict, vi­ol­ent crime is down 29 per­cent, the cap­tain said, over the same peri­od last year. De­tect­ives, he said, have made ar­rests in all of those murders ex­cept one that oc­curred on the 1600 block of Pratt St. on New Year’s Day. ••

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

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