Palm Beach Police Department commends officers, swears in new ones

After officers in uniform holding wooden rifles marched around the room and held flags as the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, Deputy Chief Ann-Marie Taylor spoke to the audience.

“Thank you all for joining us today as we honor the accomplishments of those who have been faithful servants of the town,” she said.

Taylor began by commending officers with at least three years of service, including Capt. Tom Melnichok, who has served for 20 years and is pursuing a doctorate in homeland security.

“He’s an important part of our command staff,” Taylor said, “and does a great job supervising our newest officers.”

Taylor also acknowledged crime analyst Lucy Rodriguez, who has served 25 years.

Taylor concluded with the award presentations and the swearing-in ceremony.

Officers of the month

Detective Craig Newby, October 

For his interview techniques and investigation that led to the arrest of burglary suspects.

Detective John Scanlan, November

For the arrest of a suspect in five smash-and-grab burglaries.

Detective Larry Menniti, December

For his ability to investigate complicated issues and put together a timeline of an overdose death.

Officer Robert Mastrangelo, January

For demonstrating compassion and helping a person who was contemplating suicide.

Officer David Maccarone, February

For identifying four suspected car burglars while he was on an off-duty assignment.

Detective David Watson, March

For leading an investigation that led to the arrest of several people who are charged with trying to defraud a Palm Beach Wells Fargo out of $25,000.

New officers

Christopher Barber, Justin Rothenburg, Jonathan Rothenburg, Anducchi Augustin, Jake Lampiasi, Peter Aguirre, Gabriel Dasilva and Matthew DeWalt.



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