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Jamaica Rotary honors ‘Cops of the Month’

Calling the NYPD “among the best in the country,” Joe Iaboni and the Jamaica Rotary gathered once again to commend a job well done by the men and women in blue.
“We should really be proud of the police department,” said Iaboni on Wednesday, March 31. “The great work they do out there is amazing.”
Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy, Commanding Officer of the 103rd Precinct, was the first to recognize his team.
Sergeant Omar Colon and Officer Christopher Lesiewicz “do an exceptional job day in and day out,” said McEvoy. The efforts of both have led to “good, quality arrests” regarding recent violence, particularly shootings. These arrests, said McEvoy, lead to information on other crimes.
On Sunday, February 21, said Deputy Inspector Kristel Johnson of the 113th Precinct, Police Officer Michael Fitzgibbon apprehended a perp who shot up a barbershop.
Johnson explained that the suspect had patronized the store previously and had not paid for services rendered, so when he returned, he was declined by the owner, with whom he argued. The perp returned later and began shooting, hitting a customer before fleeing in a car. Fitzgibbon observed the man, and after a small struggle, arrested him. There were drugs in the car, according to Johnson, who said the perp has been indicted on assault.
Officers Shaun Phillips, Steven Betts, Tawana Harvey and Michael Covier “exemplify bravery at its finest,” according to their boss.
Deputy Inspector Joseph G. Courtesis, Commanding Officer of the 106th Precinct, told the audience that, “we no longer have a robbery pattern . . . thanks to these officers.”
Captain Armando DeLeon of the 102nd Precinct honored Police Officers Alexander Nunez and Michael Salzio, who responded a commercial robbery call at 121st Street and Atlantic Avenue on March 11. They canvassed the area and found the perp hiding a few blocks away. He was arrested and charged with gun possession, said DeLeon.
Special guests of the meeting were Highway 3, who recognized Officers Keith Penney and Nicholas Konkowski. Over the past 12 months, the dedicated pair has made 250 DWI arrests within the borough.

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