Police Officer Dominic Scicutella has been selected as the Rockville Centre Police Department “Cop of the Year’. He has distinguished himself as a valuable asset to the Rockville Centre Police Department, leading the department in arrests during 2014. Officer Scicutella’s dedication to duty and thorough attention to detail during his investigations is apparent when reviewing his history of service to the community. Officer Scicutella has proven to be a knowledgeable and skilled member of our Patrol force and was also recently selected as the Department’s “Cop of the Month”.
Officer Scicutella was selected as the “Cop of the Year” for his significant contributions to the police department, dedication to duty, service to the residents of the Village of Rockville Centre, and over 45 arrests in 2014, including the following incident:
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at approximately 4:46 PM, while on patrol, Officer Scicutella received a radio call for a report of a disturbance in progress at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre. It was reported that a store employee was involved in a disturbance with two unknown males inside the store.
Officer Scicutella, along with assisting officers, immediately began responding and arrived at the store within minutes. Upon his arrival, Officer Scicutella observed a vehicle that was occupied by three males and one female attempting to leave the scene. Observing that two of the males in the vehicle matched the descriptions of the subjects involved in the disturbance, Officer Scicutella positioned his marked police vehicle directly behind the subject’s vehicle preventing them from fleeing the area. A third subject, unrelated to the disturbance, exited the vehicle and went inside the 7-Eleven store. As Officer Scicutella approached the vehicle to conduct his investigation he discovered the odor of marihuana emanating from the vehicle and he ordered the remaining occupants out of the vehicle. As one subject was exiting the vehicle, a bag of marihuana fell from his lap onto the ground and he was placed under arrest.
As Officer Scicutella was continuing his investigation, he interviewed the subject that was inside the 7-Eleven store that had exited the vehicle when he arrived and he detected a strong odor of marihuana coming from his clothing. The subject consented to a search and Officer Scicutella recovered a loaded .25 caliber handgun and marihuana secreted inside his pants. Further investigation revealed that he was a member of the Bloods street gang and the handgun had been reported stolen during a burglary in Florida.
One subject was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The other subject was charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree and an open arrest warrant for an Aggravated Family Offense.
The above listed incident is only one example of how Officer Scicutella conducts himself on a daily basis while protecting the residents of the community in which he serves. For the diligence, dedication to duty, and highly professional conduct that he displays on a daily basis, I am proud to announce Police Officer Dominic Scicutella as the “Cop of the Year”.