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‘Oscar’ night for the nabe’s boys in blue

A wave of dress blue uniforms crashed down on Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach recently as the 61st Precinct passed out its 2008 Medal Day awards.

Gathering at the college’s Marine Science building, another year of perfectionism in protecting and servicing the residents of south Brooklyn was celebrated by Assistant Chief Joseph Fox, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and Captain George Mastrokostas, the commanding officer of the 61st Precinct.

While each officer received honors for their successes in bringing down crime, a special supervisor of the year award was given to Sergeant James Hanson of the precinct’s anti−crime team.

Cop of the year awards went to Police Officer Edwin Vargas, who scored the greatest number of arrests in 2008.

A special commendation was given to Lt. Mark Crawford and Officer Peter Uzzi, who helped arrest a robbery crew responsible for holding up a series of bodegas and groceries in the precinct, as well as several others.

The thieves were arrested after they held up a Chinese food delivery man and stole his car.

The 61st Precinct protects residents in Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Homecrest and parts of Midwood.

By the end of March, crime in the 61st Precinct had fallen by nearly 16 percent.

The greatest reduction has been in car theft, which has fallen nearly 36 percent.

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