111th Precinct recognizes officers, others for outstanding service

THE COURIER/Photo by Luke Tabet


The 111the Precinct Council recognized six officers, volunteers and civilian employees for outstanding service over the past year.

Council president Jack Fried commended the work they did “not only for the precinct council, but for the precinct and for the community as well.”

“These people demonstrate every day that they are the most committed and dedicated among the force,” said Captain Jason Huerta.

Officer Evan ­ Ostrofsky was honored as Police Officer of the Year. Huerta called his service “instrumental in the apprehension of violent criminals in countless crimes.”

In his short time so far with the precinct, Ostrofsky has made 168 arrests, including a recent bust that recovered large amounts of heroin, powdered ecstasy, OxyContin and drug-packaging materials, according to Huerta.

The award for Detective of the Year went to Vincent Gannon. In his 14-year tenure with the precinct, Gannon, who joined the detective squad in 2006, has amassed over 400 arrests.

Domestic Violence Sergeant Alicia Manzer was awarded Police Supervisor of the Year. Huerta called the job “by far one of the most challenging positions in the precinct.”

Jordan Tozitsky won Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year.

“The NYPD and 111th Precinct simply could not function without the work of our auxiliary police officers,” Huerta said.

Awards for Explorer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year went to Bayside High School freshman Natasha Valentin and Barbara Rothman, respectively.