Congratulations to P.O.’s Hockney and Reidy On a Dangerous Burglary Arrest

Police Officers Scott Hockney and Stephen Reidy were named “Cops of the Month” by the Rockville Centre Police Department for their arrest of a career criminal on burglary charges.

Officers Hockney and Reidy, on routine patrol Nov. 22 at about 7:30 p.m., responded to an audible burglar alarm on Allen Road. Hockney looked through a window and saw a man inside carrying a large bag and heading toward the rear of the house. Reidy ran to the rear yard and stopped the man as he was trying to escape.

The subject violently resisted arrest, and Hockney joined Reidy who used his taser in subduing the man, who had attempted to grab Hockney’s firearm.

The subject was charged with burglary, resisting arrest, attempted robbery, two counts of assault and attempted robbery. The subject had an extensive arrest record with a lengthy history of violent offenses.

Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario commended the officers for their “diligence, dedication to duty and highly professional conduct” in naming them Cops of the Month.

Rockville Centre PBA raises over $12,000 with E&W Greystone Fundraiser

The Rockville Centre PBA is pleased to announce that over $12,000.00 was raised during a recent benefit for Will Waxon and the E & W Greystone Deli. The E & W Greystone Deli was severely damaged during a fire several months ago. Pictured from L to R is Brother O’Connor, RVC PD Commissioner Charles A. Gennario, E&W owner Will Waxon, RVC PBA President Jim Carty, and Brother Seward. We thank all members and residents who helped make this benefit the huge success it was.

2013 RVC PBA Annual Golf Outing

As the winter winds down and spring approaches, so does our Annual Rockville Centre PBA golf outing. This year we will be honoring State Senator Dean Skelos, a longtime friend of the PBA. The festivities will take place on May 28th at the Seawane Club in Hewlett. Registrants will be treated to a full day of golf, buffet breakfast, lunch and beverages on the course, top-shelf cocktails, dinner and dessert, all for the cost of $250 per golfer. Single golfers are always welcome. For $100, non-golfers may join us in honoring Senator Skelos with cocktails, dinner and dessert.

All attendees will enjoy access to the entire facility, including the locker rooms, pro shop, driving range and putting green. Caddies will also be available for an additional fee. There will be raffles and prizes, including the grand prize, an all-expenses paid trip to Ireland, courtesy of Sceptre Tours. On the course, golfers will have two chances at a hole-in-one to win a brand new Lexus, courtesy of Lexus of Rockville Centre.

In addition to golfers and dinner attendees, we are accepting donations in the form of tee sponsors: Red ($100), Green ($200), Blue ($300), Gold ($500) & Platinum ($1,000). In addition, anyone wishing to donate products or services to be raffled off to outing participants would also be welcomed.

Golf openings are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible with your information and check, payable to the Rockville Centre PBA. I or any board member can answer any questions at 516-536-7081 or 516-766-1500. See you on the course!

Thank You from The Rockville Centre PBA and Senator Dean Skelos

Thank you for Supporting the Rockville Centre PBA and Senator Dean Skelos. Although we had a LOT of rain this year, it didn’t stop us from having a great time!

RVC PBA Golf Outing 5/28 @ Seawane Country Club honoring NY State Senator Dean Skelos for his continued support of police officers statewide.
Pictured from left to right:
Truste Nicholas DeLuca, Vice-President Tim Seward, Commissioner Gennario, Senator Skelos, President Jim Carty, Recording Secretary Matt Vickery, Lieutenant Jim Vafeades, Chairman Mike Vickery

Cop of the Month – November 2012 – PO Nicholas DeLuca

Police Officer Nicholas DeLuca was named “Cop of the Month” by the Rockville Centre Police Department for the Nov. 1 arrest of a man in possession of prescription pills, marijuana and crack cocaine on Powell Avenue. DeLuca was on patrol at 4 a.m. when he observed a car occupied by two males parked with its engine running, according to a release from the village. Parking his patrol car out of view, DeLuca next observed a female exit a residence and approach the car.

DeLuca then radioed police headquarters for assistance and approached the car to interview the three subjects.

Subsequent investigation revealed drugs in the possession of the driver of the car, who was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

During the investigation it was learned that the arrested driver had a lengthy history of committing drug-related crimes and had previously been arrested for drug-related offenses in Rockville Centre, Freeport and Garden City.

Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario commended DeLuca for his “diligence, dedication to duty and highly professional conduct” in naming him Cop of the Month

Cop of the Month – March 2013 – PO Stephen Reidy

Decorated RVC Cop Makes Major Drug Arrest on Sunrise Hwy.
Defendant found with 72 bags of a substance believed to be cocaine.

A routine traffic stopped led to a major drug arrest for one Rockville Centre police officer last Thursday. At approximately 11:43 p.m., Rockville Centre Police Officer Stephen Reidy observed a speeding vehicle westbound on Sunrise Highway, police said. After stopping the vehicle, Reidy learned that the vehicle was unregistered and the driver, Sharmeak Riley, 42, of Valley Stream, had a suspended license.

Upon further investigation, Reidy discovered 72 plastic bags that contained a substance believed to be cocaine secreted in the vehicle, police said. Riley’s vehicle was impounded and he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (intent to sell) and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. He was arraigned on Friday at First District Court.

Reidy is no stranger to making arrests in Rockville Centre. He was named “Cop of the Year” in 2011 after making 20 arrests in a 12-month stretch.

2010 Cop Of The Year – Police Officer Reidy

Rockville Centre Police Officer Stephen Reidy has quickly become one of the most decorated and valuable assets to the village’s police department, earning Cop of the Month honors twice in a span of four months. Reidy has patrolled the streets of RVC for nearly four years, and was awarded one of the highest honors given out by the department: Cop of the Year for CY 2010.

“I was surprised to hear that I had won the award because I work with a lot of great cops who are also deserving of the award,” Reidy said. According to a village press release, “Officer Reidy’s dedication to duty and thorough attention to detail during his patrols is apparent when reviewing his history of service to the community. Whether it be assisting on a call for medical assistance or responding and investigating a crime in progress, Reidy has proven to be a knowledgeable and skilled member of the police force.” Last year, Reidy led the patrol force in arrests with twenty arrests during the twelve-month period.

Commissioner Charles Gennario said Reidy excels in all aspects of police work, and though he has only been on the force for 3 1/2 years, his demeanor is that of a seasoned veteran. “He is a no nonsense guy,” Gennario said of Reidy. “Police Officer Reidy has great instincts and a terrific work ethic. He is fearless and takes great pride in being a police officer.” Reidy was humbled when asked how it felt to win the award. “It’s an honor, because I was selected by a group of my peers to receive this award,” he said.

Gennario added that Reidy has everything needed to be a great cop. “He has all the qualities we look for in a police officer; integrity, courage, physical ability, conscientiousness and a true desire to perform,” he said. “The residents of this community are fortunate to call him “ one of their finest.”

To find out what earned Reidy Cop of the Month honors twice, click here and here. Please note that clicking these links will redirect you to another website not hosted by the Rockville Centre PBA.

2011 Cop Of The Year – Police Officer Siar

In recognition of his dedicated performance of duty that resulted in the arrest of a subject for Identify Theft in the First Degree, as well as numerous other Felony charges, Police Officer Siar was chosen as “Cop Of The Year” for CY 2011. Here is one of the incidents P.O. Siar was involved in.

On Thursday, December 22, 2011, at approximately 2009 hours, while on patrol, P.O. Siar received a radio notification for a suspicious person in the area of Hollywood Court. It had been reported that this individual had been ringing the doorbell of a home to which a delivery of baby formula had been made earlier in the day via UPS. Upon arrival at the Hollywood Court residence P.O. Siar observed an occupied vehicle in front of the house with its headlights off. Upon approaching the vehicle, the operator of the vehicle attempted to flee the area at a high rate of speed, turning southbound on Hempstead Avenue. Moments later, P.O. Siar was able to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle on Hempstead Avenue. As he approached the vehicle, the operator of the vehicle was observed opening his mobile phone and attempting to ingest the phone’s electronic SIM card which contains call and location data. Subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was revoked and the operator of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. As P.O. Siar continued his investigation, it was learned that the subject, a Bronx resident, was in possession of a forged New York State driver’s license and had identification paperwork linking him to the Hollywood Court address.

Simultaneous with this investigation, that Hollywood Court resident was present at Rockville Centre Police Headquarters filing a police report for Identity Theft after she had learned that her credit card was fraudulently used without her knowledge to make online internet purchases which resulted in the delivery of baby formula to her home earlier in the day.

The subject was arrested by P.O. Siar and charged with Identity Theft in the First Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Tempering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, and several Vehicle and Traffic Law misdemeanors.

2012 Cop Of The Year – Police Officer Kaplon

Police officer Paul Kaplon has been selected as the “Cop of the Year” for the Rockville Centre Police Department.
Kaplon is a three-year veteran of the department, joining the department in December 2009.

He is also a highly decorated member of the United State Marine Corp., serving two combat tours in Iraq.

In his time with the Rockville Centre Police Department, Kaplon has distinguished himself as a valuable asset to the Rockville Centre Police Department, earning the “Cop of the Month” distinction in the past.

Kaplon’s dedication to duty and thorough attention to detail during his investigations is apparent when reviewing his history of service to the community.

“Officer Kaplon has proven to be a knowledgeable and skilled member of our Patrol force,” the department said in a release.