Police Officer Diana Kaouris was awarded the Cop of the Month award at the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting Tuesday night in Richmond Hill.
Kaouris, who with her partner Mary Carter, was assigned to patrol Forest Park in the wake of a series of assaults in and around the park, received the honor for combatting graffiti vandals in the precinct.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner said Karouris has arrested eight people accused of vandalism since the beginning of the year, including two people she caught tagging in the vicinity of Park Lane South and 112th Street in Richmond Hill. One of the two suspects had seven prior graffiti arrests.
“It’s a huge problem over here and it’s a very difficult arrest to make live,” Sautner said, adding that Karouris will stake out similar graffiti tags and when the suspect is captured, those tags can be used for multiple charges against a suspect.
Awarding the honor to Karouris, second from right, is J. Richard Smith, 102nd Precinct Community Council secretary, left; Sondra Datnarain, treasurer; Latchman Budhai, president; Sautner and Brendan Noonan, 102nd Precinct community affairs officer.