Police Officer of the Year Awards Celebrate Outstanding Staten Island Cops

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Advance co-hosted an awards ceremony honoring NYPD officers for their outstanding contributions to the borough. Every year, the co-chairmen of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Safety and Security Committee select officers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to protect the people of Staten Island. Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce executives, precinct commanders, and Borough Commander Chief Delatorre were all in attendance.

Police Commissioner O’Neill, Borough Commander Chief Edward Delatorre, and Linda M. Baran presented the awards in front of an audience that included family and community members. In the wake of the tragic assassination of Detective Miosotis Familia, Police Commissioner O’Neill reminded the awardees that despite recent tribulations, their ability to create positive change in the community makes the job worth it.

“Although there will be bad days, like one week ago in the Bronx, the truly great days on this job will far outnumber the terrible ones. The satisfaction of serving your city, of making a real impact on people’s lives, the camaraderie of the job all make it worthwhile,” said Police Commissioner O’Neill.

Thanks to the hard working men and women present at the event, Staten Island has seen a 11.8% drop in major crime this year. The coveted Police Officers of the Year award was presented to Police Officers Ryan Smith and Anthony Rubilotta of the 121 Precinct. Staten Island cops were additionally lauded for closing a series of larcenies, using community connections to stop a drive-by shooting, arresting a perpetrator for attempting to sexually assault a jogger, and more.

Thank you to these officers for your tireless work and continued efforts to keep Staten Islanders safe. The following members of the service were recognized during the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Awards:

Police Officers of the Year

  • Police Officers Ryan Smith and Anthony Rubilotta of the 121 Precinct

Outstanding Police Work

  • Lieutenant Matthew Harrison of the 120 Precinct
  • Sergeant Joseph Pollari, Detective Steven Lopez, and Police Officer Rudy Anzalone of the 120 Precinct
  • Police Officers Ryan Smith and Anthony Rubilotta of the 121 Precinct
  • Police Officers Robert Gronock and Joseph Naranjo of the 123 Precinct
  • Police Officers Daniel Slevin and Daniel Filak of the 120 Precinct
  • Police Officer Joseph Wall and Michael Linder of the 122 Precinct
  • Police Officers Salvatore Corulla of the 120 Precinct
  • Police Officers Juan Baez and Darya Keating of the 122 Precinct
  • Police Officers Michael Otterbeck, Kyle Erickson, and James Biagini of the 120 Precinct
  • Police Officers Robert Ramirez and Philip Alfano of the 122 Precinct
  • Police Officers Richard Browne and Brad Parascandolo of the 120 Precinct
  • Police Officer Angel Espada of the 122 Precinct