Confronting Gun Crimes on the Lower East Side

Captain Peter Venice.

The NYPD’s monthly “community council meetings” are in all honestly not generally the most newsworthy events in the world.  But last week’s 7th Precinct gathering was actually pretty informative, although the most relevant details about crime in the neighborhood were made apparent in a fairly roundabout way.

The news came by way of the regular “police officer of the month awards,” given by Captain Peter Venice, the precinct’s commanding officer,  to cops who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty.”  The awards were presented to police officers Jeffrey Millenbach, Steven Stiller, Paul Pedersen, Brian Little and Sergeant Stephen Spataro.  In one way or another, they were all involved in arrests for gun-related charges in recent weeks.