15th PDAC honors officers

Those two guys on the 3300 block of Tyson Av­en­ue late on March 11 were cops. That turned out to be bad news for the three oth­er guys who were at­tack­ing and rob­bing a man. They’re now in cus­tody.

Of­ficers Patrick Biles and Sean Devlin were in plain-clothes on March 11, mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil were told dur­ing their April 28 meet­ing at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter. They went after the vic­tim’s at­tack­ers, nab­bing one right away and broad­cast­ing in­form­a­tion that led to two more ar­rests. Devlin and Biles were honored April 28 as the PDAC’s March of­ficers of the month.

Alan Lep­pert, the PDAC’s new pres­id­ent, said he has been re­search­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s mem­ber­ship his­tory and his du­ties.

One re­port he got was that the PDAC at one point had more than 80 mem­bers; an­oth­er put the fig­ure at about 30. Either way, the at­tend­ance at the group’s monthly meet­ings usu­ally is sparse.

Lep­pert said he is con­tact­ing area or­gan­iz­a­tions to find out if they want to send rep­res­ent­at­ives to the PDAC. PDAC mem­ber­ship is not open to the gen­er­al pub­lic. Mem­bers rep­res­ent area Town Watches, civic groups, schools, churches or loc­al busi­nesses. 

Lep­pert said a vi­gil in hon­or of slain 15th Dis­trict Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer Gary Sker­ski will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 8 at Pat’s Cafe, Castor Av­en­ue and Ar­rott Street. Sker­ski was killed in May 2006 as he entered the bar to in­vest­ig­ate a rob­bery re­port.

Treas­urer Pete Specos said the PDAC will be tak­ing part in May­fair Day on Frank­ford Av­en­ue on May 17.

PDAC mem­bers usu­ally meet on the last Monday of the month, but they’ll meet May 19 be­cause of the Me­mori­al Day hol­i­day. The ses­sion will be­gin at 7 p.m. at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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