2016-06-01 / Features

114th Precinct To Get New Officers; Honors Top Cops

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO

The 114th Precinct will receive five new police officers from this year’s crop of academy trainees. The recruits are currently at the 114th getting a feel for their next assignment.

“(The recruits) will be with us for a few weeks and then go back to the academy to graduate,” said Lt. Nick Morales at the May 24 meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.

“I have the utmost confidence in them,” he said. The rookies are scheduled to join the 114th around the Fourth of July.

Police Officers Kimberly Washington and Nicholas Gigante received Cop-of-the-Month honors for April, each taking a dangerous gun off the streets.

“Both of these officers work an anti-crime shift in plainclothes,” said Lt. Morales, doing the honors for the vacationing Deputy Inspector and 114th Commanding Officer Peter Fortune. “They work while you’re asleep,” he said.

Washington, a 15-year NYPD veteran, has worked anti-crime for the last five years. “She does an outstanding job (and) is my most senior officer,” said Lt. Morales.

On Saturday, April 30 at 11:40 p.m., Washington was working a 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. shift in an unmarked vehicle when she observed a group on the corner of 14th Street and Broadway in a loud dispute.

After overhearing one individual say, “If you’re going to shoot me – shoot me now.” Officer Washington stopped an individual and after questioning him, found a loaded Ruger firearm tucked in his waistband.

“I want to thank my brothers,” said Washington. “You don’t have to be related by blood to have brothers who would lay down their life for you,” she said. “It’s a good feeling to take two guns off the street.”

The arrest was Washington’s second so far this year and the suspect was later identified as a gang member of the Latin Kings.

Gigante, a six-year NYPD veteran, has worked anti-crime for the past two years.

On April 23 at about 12:30 a.m., Gigante was working a 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. shift in an unmarked vehicle when he observed a stopped car with the doors open in the vicinity of 27th Avenue and 3rd Street near the Astoria Houses.

Observing an individual in the front seat crouching over and apparently trying to hide something under the front seat, Gigante approached and discovered a loaded gun with 14 rounds there.

Gigante was previously Cop-of-the- Month in February and credited with firearms arrests last year as well.

“Like police officer Washington said, we do everything as a team,” said Gigante.

“In the middle of the night, these guys are out there,” said Lt. Morales.

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