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Precinct 2 - Woodlawn

Precinct 2 - Woodlawn

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The Precinct 2 Officer of the month for June is Officer A. Vitacco #5958.

Officer Vitacco had a great month for overall enforcement, more than half of which was self-initiated. But it was this young officer's ability to take his calls for service and develop them into exceptionally investigated and articulated cases that earned him the officer of the month award.

Early in the month Officer Vitacco made what he thought would be a routine traffic stop on a driver that ran a stop sign. It turned into an arrest of an intoxicated driver after Officer Vitacco detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver's breath and the driver failed roadside field sobriety tests. He also charged the driver for having an open container of alcohol hidden in the center console.

Later in the month Officer Vitacco responded to a call for a burglary in progress and, with the help of other responding officers, apprehended six suspects fleeing in two separate vehicles. The victim reported that he was alerted to the burglary as it was being streamed live on Instagram. This led to an in-depth investigation by Officer Vitacco, including recovering the victim's property, evidence, securing multiple crime scenes, conducting interviews and writing applications for search warrants. He was able to identify a 7th suspect who actually coordinated the burglary.

Officer Vitacco is a newer officer who is quickly developing investigative experience and skills. His willingness to be involved more deeply in the investigative processes of the calls he is dispatched to and his eagerness to build upon his knowledge and experience will help him become a successful investigator as he continues his career. Congratulations, Officer Vitacco, for showing the dedication and commitment to your role as a law enforcement officer and to your community, earning you the June Officer of the Month award.

The Precinct 2 Officer of the Month for May 2017 is awarded to Officer E. Vicarini.

Officer Vicarini had an outstanding month of enforcement, clearing an astounding 24 cases, the majority of which were self-initiated. Officer Vicarini clearly understands the importance of proactive law enforcement in solving, reducing and preventing crime. Five of those cases were CDS related, resulting in a significant amount of illegal narcotics being removed from the street.

One of those cases resulted from Officer Vicarini's proactive patrol of an area identified through citizen complaints as a problem area. A random check of a vehicle tag alerted Officer Vicarini to the possibility of criminal activity when he discovered that the expiration of the tag in MVA was different than the expiration sticker that he saw on the tag itself. Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Vicarini detected the odor of Marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle led to the confiscation of numerous individually packaged bags of Marijuana and charges of Possession of CDS and Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS.

In another case the stop of a vehicle leaving the area of a drug complaint also led to a probable cause search of the vehicle for Marijuana. This time Officer Vicarini confiscated a large quantity of CDS along with a loaded handgun and 32 additional live rounds of ammunition and arrested all four occupants. It is likely that Officer Vicarini prevented a much worse crime from occurring that evening.

Officer Vicarini also had an opportunity to be approached by a subject who had information regarding another crime. The subject had a prior contact with Officer Vicarini, who has established himself as an officer who is approachable and respectful of all of our citizens, regardless of the reason for his contact with them. This person felt comfortable divulging information to Officer Vicarini, which he in turn brought to the precinct Investigative Services Unit. The information was verified and turned out to be valuable in gaining evidence for an armed robbery case. Officer Vicarini was recognized formally for his efforts in this case. His Lieutenant wrote, "...He has also displayed dedication to the profession and service to the citizens by spending his own free time working with detectives to develop leads on the information provided. Officer Vicarini has shown that he is maturing as an officer and has a tenacity for working cases that will serve this department well for the future."

Officer Vicarini was also recognized by his Corporal for his efforts throughout the month, who noted his excellent work ethic, high level of enforcement, and patrol activities based on current crime trends, the precinct's strategic plan, and information disseminated from other specialized units. He further stated of Officer Vicarini, "He also promotes a united squad and shift by emphasizing officer safety tactics and teamwork. Officer Vicarini exemplifies a hardworking, proactive, self-initiated, team-oriented police officer." Congratulations, Officer Vicarini, on a well-earned award for Officer of the Month!

Sometime between 4:30 p.m on May 9 and 4:30 p.m. on May 10, an unknown number of suspects kicked in the victim's front door. They stole a game system, a TV and a watch.

The Precinct 2 Officer of the Month for April 2017 is Officer E. Vicarini #5835.

Officer Vicarini had an outstanding month of criminal and traffic enforcement overall, with almost twice the average of the rest of his squad, including 136 pieces of enforcement for traffic violations, 29 case clearances, and 15 arrests for felony and misdemeanor crimes.

Officer Vicarini handled a number of noteworthy cases during April which exemplify his high standard of work ethic and proactive approach to law enforcement in an effort to reduce and prevent crime in his precinct. He handled five different incidents that, through effective investigation techniques, led him to charge suspects with possession of illicit drugs, paraphernalia, and all five with the possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, resulting in the removal of a large quantity of illegal narcotics from the streets in Woodlawn. The majority of these were the result of self-initiated traffic stops for minor violations of motor vehicle law, such as seat-belt and hands-free electronic device compliance.

In another self-initiated investigation, Officer Vicarini noticed an unoccupied vehicle parked at a motel with the hazard lights on. What began as a routine investigation of a suspicious vehicle led to the rescue of a victim of a domestic kidnapping in Pennsylvania and the successful apprehension and prosecution of the suspect.

In addition to his crime fighting efforts, Officer Vicarini is dedicated to being an officer for his community, checking on local businesses and establishing trusting relationships with the owners and workers in the businesses on his post. He inquires about concerns they may have and then works out a plan of action to address those concerns. Officer Vicarini is committed to his role as a public servant and law enforcement officer, and it is for these reasons that he has been awarded the Precinct 2 Officer of the Month for April. Congratulations, Officer Vicarini!

The Precinct 2 Officer of the Month for March 2017 is awarded to Corporal M. Gonzalez.

Corporal Gonzalez leads by example, remains calm under pressure, and routinely handles his supervisory duties in an exemplary fashion, frequently serving in the role of an acting Sergeant.

During the incident involving a police shooting on March 13 in the Woodlawn precinct Corporal Gonzales was the only supervisor in the area when the 5th successive armed robbery occurred. He witnessed one suspect run from the scene and immediately organized a perimeter to contain all of the suspects. He was then one of the officers to locate the suspect vehicle with the additional suspects inside, and, following the shooting, immediately began life saving first-aid on the driver who had attempted to kill him. He remained the only supervisor on scene until additional help arrived, directing police, fire and medic units, maintaining the security of the scene, and keeping all units updated through dispatch.

During a hectic and complicated event, Corporal Gonzalez remained calm, professional, and was the epitome of a leader. His actions during this incident exemplified all of the Core Values of the Baltimore County Police Department, and we are proud to call him one of our own. Congratulations, Corporal Gonzalez, on earning the award for Officer of the Month.

The Precinct 6 Officer of the Month for January 2017 is Officer J. Koscielski #5835.

Officer Koscielski is a diligent and extremely proactive patrol officer. His level of enforcement during the month of January demonstrates that he is an officer committed to his duty of service to the community. He made a total of 13 arrests for both felony and misdemeanor crimes, and one for an open warrant. He also cleared an astounding 21 of his cases during the month. His enforcement and case clearance levels far exceed the average on his shift, and among officers county-wide.

During the month of January Officer Koscielski wrote 123 pieces of enforcement for traffic law violations, including 2 arrests and 9 serious traffic case clearances. He possesses the keen ability to recognize suspicious behavior and look further into his traffic stops to halt criminal behavior. One example of this is a traffic stop he made for a vehicle with a license plate that he recognized was fraudulent. During the initial encounter with the driver he developed probable cause to search the vehicle for controlled dangerous substances and discovered a second license plate which was reported stolen from Montgomery County. The suspect was arrested and charged with appropriate criminal and traffic violations.

Officer Koscielski is a conscientious officer, aware of problem areas on his post, who seriously addresses the concerns of the community for whom he works. One such area is a convenience store that the community has complained is grounds for drug activity. Officer Koscielski was proactively patrolling this area when he observed a suspicious vehicle immediately leave the lot upon his approach. Officer Koscielski also observed a tag violation as the vehicle was leaving and made a legal traffic stop. Upon approach he detected illegal narcotics, leading to a search of the vehicle which resulted in the arrest of the driver and confiscation of enough illegal narcotics and paraphernalia to charge him with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

It is this great police work and dedication to the community that makes Officer Koscielski an example for other officers and the Baltimore County Police Department proud to call him one of our own. Congratulations!

Sometime between 9:15 and 9:27 p.m., two armed suspects robbed a store manager who was making a deposit at the Wells Fargo Bank on Liberty Road. Two night deposit bags containing money were stolen.
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