Photos by Albert Amateau
District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., above right, presented G.V.C.C.C.’s Cop of the Year Award to the 10th Precinct’s Community Policing/Conditions Team, which is led by Sergeant Robert Delaney, at the line’s right end, and includes Officers Kevin Darzinski, Robert Turbiak and Michael Miller.
Top cops collar awards from Chamber of Commerce
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday honored eight police officers in four precincts covering Greenwich Village, the East Village, Chelsea and the Flatiron District with its 2010 Cops of the Year Awards.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. presented the awards at the seventh annual Safe City Safe Streets event, sponsored this year by Capital One bank at the Manhattan Penthouse, at 80 Fifth Ave.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick paid tribute to the sacrifice that police officers and their families make to protect the public.
The 2010 Cop of the Year in the Sixth Precinct, covering Greenwich Village, is Officer Robert Jackson, who served in the precinct for all of his 17 years as a policeman and is credited with more that 1,000 career arrests.
In the Ninth Precinct, covering the East Village, Cop of the Year Awards this year went to Officers Edward Thompson and Officer John Sivori, who both have done tours of duty in Iraq as Marines.
In the 10th Precinct, covering Chelsea, members of the precinct’s Community Policing/Conditions Team share the Cop of the Year Award for 2010. Led by Sergeant Robert Delaney, the team includes Officers Kevin Darzinski, Robert Turbiak and Michael Miller. The team concentrates on 10th Precinct quality-of-life issues.
In the 13th Precinct, which covers the Flatiron District, Officer Leonardo Nimo, a member of the Anticrime Unit who made over 100 arrests, is the 2010 Cop of the Year.
Tony Juliano, G.V.C.C.C.’s president, left, with Officer Leonardo Nimo, who received the Cop of the Year Award for the 13th Precinct.
Jackson was credited with helping solve a citywide series of commercial burglaries that began in December 2009, when he and Sergeant Broderick recognized a wanted burglary suspect on University Place on May 7. They followed the suspect for a few blocks into an adjacent precinct before stopping him. They found the suspect in possession of burglary tools and a laptop computer. Jackson learned that Crumbs bakeshop on University Place had been broken into earlier and a laptop was stolen. The suspect, Charles Carrillo, was indicted and 26 burglary cases over nine precincts, including six in the Village, were closed.
Thompson and Sivori, assigned to a Ninth Precinct plainclothes detail working on a series of nighttime commercial burglaries in the East Village, spotted a suspect checking the doors of businesses that were obviously closed. The officers came upon the suspect without being noticed, stopped and questioned him and found he was carrying a loaded .22 Smith & Wesson semiautomatic with one round in the chamber and eight more in the magazine. The suspect was also carrying another loaded magazine, a silencer and eight daggers. After an interview with the suspect, Thompson and Sivori obtained a search warrant for a storage facility he rented and found a 9-millimeter Glock semiautomatic, two silencers, a Taser and more ammunition.
The 10th Precinct Community Policing/Conditions Team made more than 150 arrests this year, plus 50 arrested individuals wanted on outstanding warrants. Delaney, sergeant of the team, has been a police officer for 21 years and sergeant of the precinct Conditions Team for eight years. The team’s other three members have been N.Y.P.D. officers since 2005.
Nimo, who has 324 career arrests to his credit, received his third Cop of the Year award for the 13th Precinct on Wednesday. On Feb. 22 of this year, Nimo observed a suspect stealing items from several stores and fencing them to another merchant. He arrested the thief and the fence. On April 15, he apprehended a man he recognized from a wanted poster in the precinct station and arrested him for robbery. On May 20, he arrested a suspicious couple trying to make a purchase with a stolen credit card.
On June 8, Nimo followed a suspect who had run from him several days earlier and arrested the man entering a residential building. Nimo recovered lock picks and a stolen laptop, camera and jewelry from the suspect. On June 10, Nimo arrested a man who was concealing merchandise in a handbag. Nimo found the suspect in possession of a laptop that he had stolen from a woman in the Ninth Precinct several weeks earlier. On June 12, Nimo recognized a man sleeping on a park bench as matching the description of a suspect wanted for a residential burglary. Nimo arrested the suspect, who confessed to the burglary and was found in possession of a stolen laptop. On Oct. 18, Nimo responded to a robbery a minute earlier in which two suspects simulated a gun, stole money from a victim and then fled. Nimo ran after them into a subway station, saw them on the opposite platform, crossed the tracks and arrested them, recovering the stolen money.