2 Detectives, Patrol Officer Are 114th Pct. Cops Of The Month
Detectives Eric J. Christophersen and Dennis K. Frawley have accounted for an astonishing 88 arrests. Along with Police Officer Demetrios Kekatos, the two were honored as May Cops of the Month at the June meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council.
Frawley, with 47 arrests, was appointed to the NYPD in July 1981 and earned his detective shield in 2007. Christophersen, with 41 arrests, was appointed to the NYPD in October 1990 and earned his detective shield in 1997. Captain Frank Tarantola 114th Precinct executive officer, said the duo, assigned to the domestic violence unit, is a vital part of the investigation team that detectives comprise.
In October, 2004, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced a joint agreement between the city's district attorneys, the city Department of Probation and the state Division of Parole concerning access to the domestic incident response database. A critical tool for the prosecution and investigation of perpetrators of domestic violence, the database provides a citywide history of both domestic violence perpetrators and their victims.
After every domestic violence call NYPD responds to, a report is entered into the database, whether or not an arrest was made. Each entry includes the name of the victim, the name of the offender, charges or offenses, prior incidents of domestic violence, a description of the circumstances and the names of everyone present at the scene. The database can be used to establish patterns of individuals or can be analyzed for larger trends. An NYPD study found that between 1995 and 2002 a third of all female homicides were the result of domestic violence.
In 2004, domestic violence was also at the root of 22 percent of all felony assaults against women and 24 percent of rapes.
Tarantola said Frawley and Christophersen were helping the community combat domestic violence. "These officers are a testament to that," he said.
"I'm fortunate to work here, it's a great community," Christophersen said.
Kekatos was rewarded for his actions on May 20. At about 3:30 a.m. while on routine patrol, Kekatos heard a call come in over the radio of a robbery in progress. Responding to 31-06 31st St., Kekatos encountered the victim who said three perpetrators punched, kicked and pummeled him, forcing him to the ground and taking his watch.
Kekatos put out a description of the suspects and then went on a canvass of the area with the victim. Soon after, the victim spotted his attackers and Kekatos detained the three individuals, who were arrested after they were identified by the victim.
Tarantola, responding to complaints of dogs attacking other dogs in Astoria Park, said dogs are considered property and dog on dog attacks are, therefore, civil matters. "If you're not committing a crime, we can't get involved," he said.