Cops honored for good police work

April 18, 2013 Denise Romano
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Two police officers recently transferred to the 72nd Precinct were honored as Cops of the Month for going above and beyond the call of duty at the 72nd Precinct Community Council meeting held at the station house on Tuesday, April 9.

Captain James Grant, commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct, explained that Police Officer Kristopher Martin and Police Officer Erick Flores were transferred to the 72 in early 2012. Between January, 2012 and April, 2013, the officers have had 70 arrests each, for quality-of-life crimes including robberies and grand larcenies.

“My motto has always been, if you work hard, you will be rewarded,” Grant said. “These two officers standing next to me took the bull by the horns. I am honored to have these two officers patrolling my precinct.”

Grant said that Martin and Flores’ names come across his desk “constantly” with the work they are accomplishing. He said it would not be fair to honor them for just one particular collar.

“There can’t be just one example. I could go on and on,” Grant said. “They deserve to be the April Cops of the Month.”

Grant went on to say that with the warmer weather arriving, residents should be vigilant and lock their windows and doors. Over the past month, the 72nd Precinct has seen a spike in auto thefts and grand larcenies. However, instances of felony assaults and burglaries have decreased.

The next 72nd Precinct Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the station house, located on Fourth Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets.

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