2006-02-15 / Features

Cop, Supervisor Of 2005 Named At 114th Precinct

Photos Diana Sanders

(L. to r.): 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Brian McCarthy, Cop of the Year Police Officer Joseph Faivus and Captains Christopher Tamola and Susan Maier Smith, 114th Precinct executive officers. (L. to r.): 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Brian McCarthy, Cop of the Year Police Officer Joseph Faivus and Captains Christopher Tamola and Susan Maier Smith, 114th Precinct executive officers. Police Officer Joseph Faivus, who arrested a graffiti vandal whose tag defaced more than 60 properties in Astoria, and Lieutenant Joseph Gulotta, who has executed 12 search warrants in the 114th Precinct, resulting in the confiscation of thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit goods and several arrests, were honored in ceremonies at the 114th Precinct last Friday. Faivus was named Cop of the Year and Gulotta Supervisor of 2005.

On October 4, 2005, Faivus arrested Oliver Siandre, a.k.a. “KIKO”, for criminal mischief (graffiti) on more than 60 locations throughout the Astoria Community. Siandre’s arrest was one of 63 that Faivus made in 2005. In the nine years that Faivus has been assigned to the 114th Precinct, he has made approximately 400 arrests. He has been awarded 40 individual medals and has received two Commissioner Awards and numerous Cop of the Month awards.

(L. to r.): 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Brian McCarthy, Supervisor of 2005 Lieutenant Joseph Gulotta and Captains Christopher Tamola and Susan Maier Smith, 114th Precinct executive officers. (L. to r.): 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Brian McCarthy, Supervisor of 2005 Lieutenant Joseph Gulotta and Captains Christopher Tamola and Susan Maier Smith, 114th Precinct executive officers. “Faivus had no competition for this award,” 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Brian McCarthy declared. “I hope to assist Officer Faivus to advance to the welldeserved rank of Detective.”

Faivus was born in 1972 and grew up in the Glendale section of Queens. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1996 from C.W. Post College. He entered the Police Academy in July 1996 and was assigned to the 114th Precinct in March 1997. After approximately three years, Faivus became a plainclothes officer for the 114th Precinct AntiCrime Unit. During that time, he made approximately 150 arrests. In February Faivus was reassigned to the 114th Precinct Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Gulotta, a lifelong New York City resident, has two children with his wife of nine years. He was appointed to the Police Department in 1992 at age 20. His excellent performance as a police officer earned him a promotion to Detective and he later passed promotional examinations for both Sergeant and Lieutenant.

Gulotta was assigned to the Seventh Precinct on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in December 2003. Over the next two years, he displayed competency and trustworthiness and developed a reputation as both a crime fighter and confidant largely contributing to the success of the Seventh Precinct from both crime reduction and community satisfaction perspectives.

In September 2005, when McCarthy was transferred to the 114th Precinct from the Seventh Precinct, Gulotta transferred with him. From September 30, 2005 until the end of the year, Gulotta closely assisted the new precinct commander in establishing proactive crime fighting initiatives tailored to the new community both were serving. During this time, Gulotta led Patrol Borough Queens North in supervising the successful execution of 12 search warrants.

“Joe Gulotta’s insight, knowledge and leadership are essential assistance that I rely on to manage this command,” McCarthy declared.

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