Police Officers Of The Month Heralded At 101 Council Meeting
Two of the 101 Precinct’s finest were honored for their work in removing car thieves off the streets of Far Rockaway. Officers Joseph Koch and Joseph Villalta were named Officers of the Month at the September 101 Precinct Community Council meeting last week.
Officers Koch and Villalta were recognized for arrests they made on July 10 of this year. On that evening, in a matter of three hours, they arrested individuals involved with the thefts of three Econoline vans.
“We had eight stolen in one week [in the 101 Precinct]. These thefts are driving grand theft auto numbers in the city. It’s a huge issue,” said Captain Michael Lipetri, who presented the awards. The captain added, “They did an outstanding job.”
During the summer, Auxiliary officers from precincts citywide were honored. Although she sent citations to the auxiliary officers from the 101 Precinct at that time, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who lives within the confines of the precinct, wanted to do something more formal to “give the community council [and] the community a chance to thank them for the amount of time and effort they put in as volunteers for keeping our community safe.”
Citations were presented to auxiliary officers Jonathan Guilbe (1,600 hours of community service), Preston Baransky (more than 370 hours of community service), Sergeant Fred Schleifer (25 years and more than 8,000 hours of community service) and Captain David Turk (who was unable to attend the meeting).
Recognition was also given to the Police Athletic League,in Far Rockaway, the 41st Street Houses in Edgemere, the Action Center and the Wright Family, who performs as the Revelations, for their part in the success of this year’s Resource Day last month at O’Donohue Park.