2018-06-27 / Features

NCO Discuss Build The Block Strategy At Meeting

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO

A Build the Block meeting with NCO Sector B (“Boy” sector) Officers Shieed Haniff and Monique Holly was held at Bohemian Hall in Astoria on June 20. Neighborhood Coordination Officers work within assigned sectors to actively engage with their community.

The Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunez, described Build the Block as an opportunity “to address any questions or concerns you might have,” in a Twitter post @NYPD114Pct on June 20.

Overall crime in New York City is down almost three percent through May 31, according to a June 5 NYPD press release and 70 members of the NYPD were honored at the 2018 Medal Day ceremony held at One Police Plaza on June 6.

Commissioner James P. O’Neill, who was presiding with Mayor Bill de Blasio, told family members of the honorees, “Today we honor those who gave their lives for the people of this city. And we also recognize those whose remarkable courage, instinct and skill carried them through situations that would have panicked most other people,” adding, “But they’re not most other people—they are among the finest law enforcement officers in the world.”

“I urge all New Yorkers to join me in recognizing every member of the world’s finest police department—past and present—for their sacrifices and steady excellence in protecting our home,” said Mayor de Blasio.

Det. First Grade Miosotis P. Familia, Sgt. Donald S. Conniff, and Det. First Grade Steven McDonald were all posthumously honored and 67 others were presented with departmental honors.

Det. Familia, received the Medal of Honor, NYPD’s highest award for acts of gallantry and valor performed above and beyond the call of duty. On July 5, 2017 Familia was shot and critically wounded in the line of duty when an armed man shot her through the front passenger’s side window of her vehicle working a midnight tour in the Bronx.

Sgt. Conniff was awarded the Purple Shield given to NYPD who have suffered extreme physical injury, permanent disfigurement, or protracted or permanent impairment of health or bodily function while performing an official act either on or off duty.

On the morning of January 1, 1998, Sgt. Conniff was struck by a drunk driver on his way to work at the 9th Precinct. For the next 17 years, Conniff fought his injuries, passing away on December 12, 2015.

Det. McDonald was honored with his shield permanently retired from service. On July 12, 1986, he nearly died after being shot in Central Park while on patrol. He was paralyzed and used a ventilator to breathe for 31 years thereafter. On January 10, 2017, at age 57, he died as a direct result of complications from the gunshot wounds.

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