Officers honored for arrests

Mem­bers of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil honored four patrol­men as of­ficers of the month for Feb­ru­ary and March dur­ing its May 14 meet­ing at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home.

Of­ficers Ed­ward Greene and Joseph Green were sa­luted for their work in Feb­ru­ary in cap­tur­ing a rob­ber who was armed with an il­leg­al — and highly dan­ger­ous — weapon.

Re­spond­ing to a call about a man with a gun on the 1000 block of Cottman Ave. on Feb. 22, Green and Greene met a wo­man who told them she had been robbed by a man with a dog — and a very large gun. The of­ficers found a man nearby who matched the de­scrip­tion the vic­tim had giv­en them. They ordered him to the ground and saw a Mac 10 fully auto­mat­ic ma­chine pis­tol tucked in his waist­band. The weapon, which is il­leg­al for ci­vil­ians to own, was loaded with 33 rounds, said com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Di­anne Murphy.

Of­ficers Al­berino Ciocca and Shamus Nally were honored as March’s Of­ficers of the Month. The two amassed an im­press­ive amount of ar­rests — for as­saults, thefts and weapons of­fenses — while is­su­ing many traffic and park­ing cita­tions.

On Sat­urday, May 18, the PDAC con­duc­ted its ninth an­nu­al Com­munity Day at the Bustleton Av­en­ue Tar­get store. More than 500 people at­ten­ded the event, said Larry Genetti, the PDAC’s treas­urer. 

With sup­port from state Sen. Christine Tartagli­one, there were free child fin­ger­print­ing, bike re­gis­tra­tion, doc­u­ment shred­ding and VIN etch­ing. Rep­res­ent­at­ives of the po­lice K-9, crime scene, mar­ine and coun­terter­ror­ism units were on hand, too.

Be­fore the Com­munity Day kicked off, 60 people par­ti­cip­ated in the Second An­nu­al Ken Hy­ers Me­mori­al Bike Ride. The ride hon­ors the memory of the long­time Lawn­crest Town Watch pres­id­ent, who died in Septem­ber 2011 at age 57. Hy­ers, who had been the PDAC’s vice chair­man, was elec­ted chair­man in late 2010, but learned that he was ill and nev­er took of­fice. ••

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