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Capt. Bachmayer introduces himself to 7th PDAC

Lifesaver: Capt. Frank Bach­may­er (right) honored Of­ficer Ter­rence Black (second from left) as Of­ficer of the Month.

The new cap­tain should be a fa­mil­i­ar one to mem­bers of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil.

Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, the former com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict and North­east De­tect­ives, form­ally in­tro­duced him­self to mem­bers of the 7th PDAC dur­ing the group’s monthly meet­ing on March 27 at Naz­areth Hos­pit­al. Earli­er last month, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey ap­poin­ted Bach­may­er to lead the 7th, re­pla­cing Capt. Joe Zaffino, who is on leave pending his of­fi­cial re­tire­ment later this year.

Bach­may­er in­tends to work closely with com­munity lead­ers to fight crime and pre­vent it.

“I had a lot of suc­cess in the 15th dis­trict in six years and a lot of that was built on of­ficers work­ing with the com­munity,” Bach­may­er told the North­east Times fol­low­ing the PDAC meet­ing. “Cap­tain Zaffino worked very well with com­munity groups. I’m look­ing to con­tin­ue that and build on that.”

Stat­ist­ics show that the 7th dis­trict is one of the most crime-free in the city, par­tic­u­larly in terms of vi­ol­ent crimes like hom­icides, rob­ber­ies and as­saults. The dis­trict in­cludes the Somer­ton, Bustleton and Bell’s Corner sec­tions, as well as por­tions of Rhawn­hurst and Fox Chase. Yet, prop­erty crimes such as burg­lar­ies and thefts from autos have his­tor­ic­ally been pre­val­ent.

Bach­may­er hopes that the re­cent ar­rest of a 20-year-old man in con­nec­tion with 19 home break-ins with­in the dis­trict will help drive down the crime rate.

“The prop­erty crime up here is ex­tremely im­port­ant to cit­izens,” Bach­may­er said. “We’re for­tu­nate we made an ar­rest. North­east De­tect­ives did a great job on that. We want to put some pre­vent­at­ive meas­ures in place.”

Ac­cord­ing to the cap­tain, many home burg­lar­ies can be pre­ven­ted with com­mon-sense pre­cau­tions. Vic­tims of­ten in­vite trouble by fail­ing to lock their doors and win­dows. In ad­di­tion, res­id­ents should con­sider in­stalling alarms and sur­veil­lance cam­er­as as ex­tra levels of pro­tec­tion. They help po­lice cap­ture burg­lars quick­er and af­ford bet­ter odds of re­cov­er­ing stolen prop­erty.

In ad­di­tion, res­id­ents should be di­li­gent about mon­it­or­ing their sur­round­ings. If a stranger seems to be linger­ing in the neigh­bor­hood, watch­ing homes or knock­ing on doors, he may be try­ing to find an empty house to burg­lar­ize. Res­id­ents should not hes­it­ate to call 911 if they see something sus­pi­cious, ac­cord­ing to the cap­tain. 

Bach­may­er ad­ded that com­mu­nic­a­tion should be re­cip­roc­al. If po­lice identi­fy a cer­tain crime pat­tern in a spe­cif­ic area, they will alert neigh­bors and pass along any known de­scrip­tion of a sus­pect.

Bach­may­er is also in­ter­ested in pro­tect­ing the qual­ity of life from nuis­ance prob­lems such as dis­orderly crowds, un­der­age drink­ers and graf­fiti. 

In ad­di­tion to de­liv­er­ing his in­tro­duct­ory speech, Bach­may­er presen­ted the dis­trict’s Of­ficer of the Month Award to Of­ficer Ter­rence Black, who saved a wo­man’s life in­side a hotel room.

On Feb. 22, Black re­spon­ded to a 911 call re­gard­ing an un­con­scious per­son at the Ra­mada Inn, 11580 Roosevelt Blvd. He went to the des­ig­nated room and found the 24-year-old wo­man ly­ing on a bed. She was cold, had stopped breath­ing and had a shal­low pulse. Black placed her on the floor and per­formed CPR for four to five minutes un­til para­med­ics ar­rived.

The res­cuers’ com­bined ef­forts re­stored the wo­man’s con­scious­ness and breath­ing. Para­med­ics took her to Naz­areth Hos­pit­al for treat­ment. ••

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