15th PDAC elects board members

Mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil elec­ted board mem­bers dur­ing their March 31 meet­ing at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter. Alan Lep­pert, of One Step For­ward, is the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s new pres­id­ent. Joe Va­lecce of Coun­cil 21 Glass­ers was elec­ted as the board’s vice pres­id­ent. Phil Pap­pas of the West Frank­ford Town Watch was re-elec­ted sec­ret­ary; Pete Specos of the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation is back as treas­urer; and Gina Panchella of the North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation again will handle pub­lic re­la­tions.

Mem­bers on March 31 honored sev­er­al Of­ficers of the Month. Of­ficer Clive Aus­tin, a fa­mil­i­ar face on the Frank­ford Av­en­ue busi­ness cor­ridor, was praised for his crime-pre­ven­tion abil­it­ies. 

Of­ficers Brendan Dor­is, Thomas Schaf­fer and John Miller got the Janu­ary hon­ors for the mid­month ar­rests of three people in a shoot­ing in­cid­ent of the 5200 block of Bur­ton Street.

Of­ficers Mar­tin Kle­pac and Avery Roebuck heard a gun­shot dur­ing a mid-Feb­ru­ary shift and ap­pre­hen­ded two sus­pects. A third was later ar­res­ted.

Lt. John Ry­an cited some re­cent crime stat­ist­ics. Dur­ing the 28 days be­fore the PDAC’s meet­ing, hom­icides were down when com­pared to the same peri­od in 2013, he said. Rob­ber­ies with guns, however, in­creased 78 per­cent. Oth­er rob­ber­ies de­creased 25 per­cent, he said.

Mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St. ••

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