2nd PDAC honors two Officers of the Month

Honored: Pic­tured are (left to right) Sgt. Frank Barclay, Capt. Frank Palumbo, An­thony Glavi­ano, Chris­toph­er Mc­Cue, Di­anne Murphy and In­sp. Ben­jamin Naish. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LARRY GENETTI

Cops are sup­posed to look around. When they see some­body else do­ing it, he gets their at­ten­tion.

Akeem Black­well, 18, drew the no­tice of two 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict patrol­men on March 21. Of­ficers An­thony Glavi­ano and Chris­toph­er Mc­Cue saw a man dressed in black check­ing out prop­er­ties on the 1300 block of Knorr Street that night, said Di­anne Murphy, the dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer.

The man in black turned out to be Black­well, Murphy last week told mem­bers of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil, who honored Mc­Cue and Glavi­ano as their March Of­ficers of the Month.

Murphy said Black­well tried to get in­to a house through a back door. The home’s res­id­ent was in­side and called po­lice, she said, and saw Glavi­ano and Mc­Cue already on the scene and chas­ing the in­truder. The of­ficers soon had Black­well in cus­tody.

That’s the kind of work done by act­ive of­ficers who keep their eyes open, the North­east po­lice di­vi­sion’s new boss, In­spect­or Ben­jamin Naish, told PDAC mem­bers May 13.

Black­well has a May 28 date at the Crim­in­al Justice Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to on­line court re­cords. He was charged with burg­lary, crim­in­al mis­chief and re­lated of­fenses. He made bail on March 24, but was ar­res­ted again on April 30 in re­la­tion to a Sept. 16 in­cid­ent. He was charged with re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, un­au­thor­ized use of a mo­tor vehicle and theft by un­law­ful tak­ing. He’s been free on bail since May 3. A form­al ar­raign­ment is set for June 5.

Naish and the 2nd’s com­mand­er, Capt. Frank Palumbo, said the dis­trict has got­ten the un­for­tu­nate dis­tinc­tion of hav­ing a large num­ber of hom­icides this year.

Among the fatal shoot­ings have been triple- and double-murders. There have been sev­er­al non­fatal shoot­ings, too, the cap­tain said, in­clud­ing an in­cid­ent in which a 12-year-old was shot.

The shoot­ings were not ran­dom acts, the cap­tain said. In a May 15 phone in­ter­view, the cap­tain said the sev­er­al hom­icides do not ap­pear to be con­nec­ted.

The cap­tain has put a beat cop, Car­men Dav­is, on the 5900 and 6000 blocks of Rising Sun Av­en­ue. Two mo­tor­cycle cops will re­port to Sgt. Frank Barclay, Palumbo said dur­ing the PDAC meet­ing.

Barclay, the dis­trict’s tac­tic­al of­ficer, has been work­ing with patrol of­ficers to get weapons off the street, the cap­tain said. Of­ficers work­ing in and around Lawn­crest have de­veloped in­form­a­tion sources that have helped them make ar­rests that in­volved six or sev­en guns and “a whole lot of heroin.”

Heroin over­doses are a prob­lem, “a con­tinu­ing prob­lem,” Naish said. “We prob­ably have the purest heroin in the coun­try in Phil­adelphia,” Barclay said.

“The num­ber of over­doses is up sig­ni­fic­antly,” the in­spect­or said. “There are a lot of sud­den deaths.”

A few PDAC mem­bers told the of­ficers about prob­lem bars in their neigh­bor­hoods, and Naish told them to call 911 to re­port those nuis­ances.

People should ad­vise their neigh­bors to call 911, he ad­ded, “and keep call­ing.” ••

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