Citing a long history of top-notch police work, the 62nd Precinct Community Council honored Officer Ahmed Kessba as Februarys Cop of the Month at the groups monthly meeting held at the Muslim American Society.
He is not getting Cop of the Month for one single incident, but for his body of work, said Special Operations Lieutenant Jim Guercio.
Kessba has been working at the 62nd Precinct for the past six years. He started out patrolling, and eventually made his way up to an anti-crime unit. He is now the precincts new field intelligence officer.
He is on the investigative path to be a detective, Guercio said.
Kessba has done outstanding work with narcotics. He averages about four arrests a month and has had three successful search warrants one involving a huge drug bust in a car.
We were trying to get open the trap of a car, Kessba explained, referring to the undercarriage or trap, where criminals often smuggle drugs. We had to take the car to a specialist [to open it]. When I opened the trap, we recovered a large amount of pills, crack and cocaine.
Kessba said the award motivates him. Its an awesome feeling, he told this paper. It makes me want to work more and produce more.
The commanding officer of the 62nd Precinct, Deputy Inspector James Rooney said the key to keeping crime down in the neighborhood is keeping up with bars, clubs, drugs and gangs. Twenty additional seasoned officers were added to his force as of February 22 to help with this effort.
The 62nd Precinct covers the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, and parts of Gravesend.
The Muslim American Society is located on Bath Avenue at Bay 22nd Street.