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2014 Cop Of The Year – Police Officer Scicutella

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”.

Joe Scibico

2013 Cop Of The Year – Police Officer Scibico

Police Officer Scibico was selected as the Rockville Centre Police Department’s “Cop of the Year”. Officer Scibico has distinguished himself as a valuable asset to the Rockville Centre Police Department since joining the department in 2009. Officer Scibico’s dedication to duty and thorough attention to detail during his patrols is apparent when reviewing his history of service to the community.

Officer Scibico received the “Cop of the Year” distinction from a committee of his peers for his actions during the 2013 calendar year, which included the investigation and arrest of four violent criminals that had just committed a robbery by forcibly stealing a mobile phone from a female on the Long Isalnd Railroad and his investigation leading to the arrest of a criminal that had committed a homicide.

Officer Scibico has proven to be a knowledgable and skilled member of our Patrol Force.

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.”

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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.