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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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Deadly Shooting in Frankford

Philadelphia Police are investigating a homicide at Oakland and Bridge Streets on Monday, June 19th.


This is the 5th homicide this years in the 15th District PSA1.  See the rest of the story at the link below.  If you are interested in talking to the police about this or anything else, come to the PSA1 meeting on Thursday, June 22nd at 7 PM at Aria Jefferson Hospital.  Captain Luca is scheduled to attend.

Source: Deadly shooting in Northwood section of Philadelphia |

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15th District PSA1 Crime Report

This report is for Frankford in the PSA1 area.  Frankford, between Bridge Street and Cheltenham Avenue, is in PSA2 and we can’t accurately break out those numbers.  There have been at least 2 homicides in that area so far this year.

Taking a different look at the numbers to see if there is a trend.

Comparing the last four years: More people are being shot so far this year. Burglary is going down. Robbery going down. Homicide about the same. Theft is going down.  Aggravated Assaults up.  Crime with firearms up.


No more arrests for vagrancy and loitering.  The theory is that this will free up the police to respond to more serious issues.

The bike patrols, as promised, have been implemented.  You will see them primarily between Brill and Arrott Streets and from Penn to Duffield. They do drop in to other locations however, I noticed a group down on Orthodox at Trenton Avenue last week.  The schedule varies so the bad guys can’t tell wen they will be swooping down on them.

Come to the next PSA1 meeting on September 22nd at 7 PM at the Bridesburg Boys and Girls Club at 1901 Bridge Street.  Find out what is really happening, first hand.



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15th District PSA1 Meeting

The 15th District PSA1 Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 7 PM at Aria Hospital.  Come talk to Lt. Gordon and get some answers.  If you want answers, he is the guy.

septa cops

I met these guys last week.  They are SEPTA bike cops taking a break and disrupting the usual play at Margaret-Orthodox.  At the last PSA1 meeting, Captain Luca talked about greater cooperation between the City and SEPTA.

If you are not part of the solution, you may be part of the problem.

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New Captain in the 15th Police District

Captain Anthony Luca, newly minted Captain of the 15th Police District, attended the PSA1 meeting on March 24.  Captain Luca took over from Captain John McCloskey on March 20th, after being promoted the previous weekend.

Gary McLaughlin, President of the Frankford CDC welcomes Captain Luca to Frankford

Gary McLaughlin, President of the Frankford CDC welcomes Captain Luca to Frankford

He discussed his 20 years of experience in the Police Department in patrol, narcotics, Tactical team and SWAT and laid out some plans for the district.  He said it will be a building process but pledged that “you will see a reduction in crime”.

Lt. Gordon, just back from military service, discussed cell phone theft and noted that Philadelphia is at the top in the nation for this type of crime.  Since the crooks want to get your phone away from you while its in use so that it can be unlocked, walking down the street talking on a cell phone is an invitation to them to walk up and take it.  Be careful and street wise.

On the homicides on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, it remains under investigation so little information is being released to the public.

Officer Matt Crosson followed up on the last PSA meeting in Bridesburg:

  • The squatter problem on Dyre Street is being resolved.  The neighbor on the block confirms that that action has been taken.
  • The prostitution reports near Holy Redeemer Cemetery are being handled by vice.  The participants are not soliciting in that area but use it as a convenient location after they have met a customer elsewhere.

It has been resolved to hold every third PSA1 meeting in Bridesburg, so the April 28th meeting will be in Frankford but the May 26th meeting will once again be in Bridesburg.

Captain John McCloskey has moved on the a new assignment. We wish him good luck and good health.  I can speak from personal experience of having met him in the early morning hours investigating a homicide, that he was in every corner of Frankford.  Thank you for your service to Frankford.