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15th District PSA1 March Meeting

See Something, Say Something.

The PSA1 meeting at Frankford Jefferson on Thursday, March 21st had some neighbors come out to hear from 15th District Commander John Walker and area Lt. John Venit discuss the PPD’s efforts in our area.

With the exception of Aggravated Assault, Violent Crimes are down. Narcotics Task Force “SURGE” patrols have been effective, but property crimes are on the rise due mostly to the market for Catalytic converters.

There are still some issues but all are asked to report any Activity to the proper authorities,  PHILLY311 for L & I issues and other City Agencies, or Email the Lt. or 15th District Community Relations Officer for Crime related.   See Something, Say Something.

Also, the PPD will be arranging another Civilian Police Academy class, come out and see the How & Why of Police Service in Philadelphia.

The next 15th District PSA1 meeting will be held on April 18th at 7 PM at Jefferson Frankford Hospital, 4900 Frankford Avenue.

Reported by Patrick Hodynski

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New Police Captain Has Plans

The new 15th Police District Capt. John Walker led a community meeting on January 3rd amid heightened concerns about crime and drug use in the Frankford area.

Captain Walker takes questions from the audience.

The meeting, which was held at Simpson Recreation Center, came after several recent fatal shootings in Frankford and anxiety from residents about the opioid crisis in Kensington spreading farther north.

Read the rest of the story by Jack  Jack Tomczuk of the Northeast times at the link below.

Source: Violence, drugs among top concerns for Frankford and Northwood residents – Northeast Times

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Philadelphia’s 15th Police District Names Officers of the Year

Burgoon, Kennelly, Acevedo and Wilmer named 2017 Officers of the year

We were honored to be invited to the awards dinner held on March 26th by the 15th PDAC (Police District Advisory Council) to honor 6 officers for their outstanding performance.

Officers of the year Stephen Burgoon and Sean Kennelly were highly successful in reducing the number of burglaries in the District, many of them in the area of Northwood last year.

Roberto Acevedo and Thomas Wilmer did a great job investigating and making arrests in the thefts from vehicles that plagued the District last year. Many of those were in the area of the Frankford Transportation Center.

In addition, Patrick Owens and Megan O’Farrell were named Officers of the month for February 2018.

The short video below shows Captain Anthony Luca making the presentations and giving the details of the work by these Police Officers.

Congratulations to all involved.


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15th District PDAC Thanks Cops for Their Service

On Saturday December 2nd, the 15th District PDAC (Police District Advisory Council) held its annual holiday meal to thank and honor the police officers of the 2nd and 15th District.   Coordinating this special event was Pete Specos, Treasurer of the 15th PDAC.

He started his day around 4 am preparing the meatballs. He loaded the truck with all the necessary food and supplies and set off to set up for this special event at the District headquarters on Levick Street.  The menu also included cooked ham, donated by Dietz & Watson. Vegetables were corn and green beans. Chickie’s & Pete’s provided all you could eat, Wings, Chicken fingers and their famous crab fries. The cake was from Four Season’s restaurant.

The event lasted long enough (about 18 hours) to allow the police officers from all the shifts to dine at this special feast.  All of the police officers who attended were very thankful and very appreciative for this meal.

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Other members of the 15th PDAC that helped with the serving were Joe Valecce, President, Mike Barone, Maureen Taylor and Joe Taylor.

It was our special way of saying Thank You to all the police officers who put on the uniform every day to help protect and serve our community.