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Top cop honored

Officer Cesar Valerio isn’t wasting any time.

Only in his first year at the 84th Precinct and three years total as a cop, but Valerio is already accumulating accolades.

Last week, his keen instinct and sharp police work earned him top honors from the 84th Precinct Community Council.

At 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 25, Valerio was on routine patrol when he observed two oddly configured vehicles at Livingston and Bond Streets. Turns out, the occupants of one of the vehicles were allegedly robbing the other vehicle, a commuter van, according to Leslie Lewis, the president of the community council.“Two perps produced a firearm and demanded money,” Lewis said.

Valerio, a member of the precinct’s anti-crime team, acted without hesitation, quickly apprehending the suspects, two males who were charged with robbery in the first degree.

For his efforts, the community council named Valerio Cop of the Month at its Oct. 20 meeting, earning a wooden plaque and sincere applause from the council for his good work.

Captain Mark DiPaolo, the commanding officer of the precinct said it takes most cops five or six years to make it to the elite anti-crime squad. “He does a wonderful job,” DiPaolo said. The community council’s recognition of Valerio was not his first award, DiPaolo said. The cop was honored for his honesty for reporting a suspect’s bribe when he was at the 75th Precinct, the captain recalled.“He’s diligent, hardworking and honest — everything we could hope for,” DiPaolo said.

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