Police Officer Frank Calafiore was honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award at the Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on May 8, for his arrest last month of an alleged armed robber and the seizure of a loaded firearm and other assorted contraband.
According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, Calafiore, Sgt. John Egan and members of his anti-crime team responded to an armed robbery in progress of a 25-year-old woman in South Ozone Park on April 11.
The officers spotted the alleged perpetrator when they arrived and a “hot pursuit” ensued, which took the officers into a house around the corner from where the alleged robbery had occurred. Inside the house the officers found five individuals.
According to Pascale, Calafiore spotted a 9mm loaded silver firearm in full view. After obtaining a search warrant, the officer found 200 Xanax pills.
All five people were then placed under arrest.
Pascale said they believe an 18-year-old individual arrested by Calafiore was the person who robbed the woman.
It’s not the first time Calafiore has been named Cop of the Month. He has been honored with the award twice before.
In November 2011, he was honored with anti-crime team members Officers Kevin Desormeau and David Marconi for their arrest of a gunman who allegedly robbed the owners of two stores on 101st Avenue.
Calafiore was also honored in August 2010 with Officers Michael Baio, Matthew Steiner, Andres Gonzalez, John Tripodi, Joseph Osolin and Sgt. Brian Goldberg for their capture of an alleged graffiti vandal who, according to police, had defaced more than 15 locations in Howard Beach in June and July 2010 including the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center building on Cross Bay Boulevard and 156th Avenue, near where the suspect was caught.