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SEPTA Police Officers Recognized for "Keeping the Peace"

Heather Redfern
SEPTA Press Officer

For the past four years, Philadelphia's Northwest Community Coalition for Youth (NCCY), in partnership with Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans and the 14th and 35th District Block Captains Association, has honored law enforcement officers - including members of the SEPTA Police Department - at "Peacekeeper Appreciation Day". The event, held this year on June 23 at Awbury Park, is "a way for the community to show their appreciation for our local enforcement units," said NCCY Chairman Eric Hardaway.

"The NCCY's mission is to safeguard young people in our neighborhood," Hardaway added. "The SEPTA Police Department has been an NCCY partner for at least eight years and is instrumental in helping our schools with transportation issues and truancy strategies."

The 2012 Peacekeeper Appreciation Day provided SEPTA with an opportunity to recognize three of its officers for the work they do in the northwest section of Philadelphia (the Authority's Police Zone Seven). SEPTA Deputy Police Commissioner David Scott presented departmental merit commendations to Sergeant Frederick Tokarski, Officer Michael Rubin and Officer Martin Zitter.

Tokarski and Rubin were commended for their role in the arrest of a male charged with robbery, assault, theft and related offenses after a September 2011 incident at Fern Rock Station on the Broad Street Line. Using information from a radio call, Tokarski and Rubin pursued and apprehended the suspect, who had fled to a nearby neighborhood.

Zitter was honored for his role in the arrest of three individuals charged with robbery, assault, theft and related charges for an August 2011 incident on a Broad-Ridge Spur train at Erie Station on the Broad Street Line. Zitter responded to a radio call of an assault and cell phone theft, interviewed the victim and took him to a local cell phone store, where GPS information tracked the phone and led police to the suspects.

Tokarski's, Rubin's and Zitter's commendations applauded their "swift response and intelligent police work" that resulted in the apprehension of felons.

"The NCCY wanted to honor Zone Seven officers who did good work in Northwest Philadelphia," said Scott. "It was important for the community to hear about the great service these officers provided." Hardaway echoed Scott's sentiment, stating, "The citations enhanced the celebration and put a nice additional purpose to the whole afternoon."

From left: SEPTA Deputy Police Chief David Scott, Officer Michael Rubin, NCCY Co-chair Isabella Fitzgerald, Sergeant Tokarski and Officer Zitter at NCCY's fourth annual "Peacekeeper Appreciation Day".