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File #: 200719    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/10/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/28/2021
Title: Congratulating and honoring Joseph A. Lukaitis, Sr. on the occasion of his retirement from the Philadelphia Police Department after 24 years of dedicated service to the residents of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20071900, 2. Signature20071900
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Congratulating and honoring Joseph A. Lukaitis, Sr. on the occasion of his retirement from the Philadelphia Police Department after 24 years of dedicated service to the residents of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph A. Lukaitis joined the Philadelphia Police Department in June of 1996 and was assigned to the 39th Police District on December 3, 1996; and

WHEREAS, Officer Lukaitis' first assignment was as a "Cops Ahead Officer," being assigned to walk particular streets as a beat such as: Somerset Street, Cambria Street, and Indiana Avenue from 22nd to 27th Street. On February 12, 1999, Officer Lukaitis began training to work as a Narcotics Officer, which was his assignment until 2003; and

WHEREAS, In 2003, Officer Lukaitis was extended the opportunity to oversee Crime Prevention in Philadelphia. After serving in this role for over a decade, Officer Lukaitis was promoted to the Community Relations Officer of the 39th Police District in 2016. Officer Lukaitis served in this position until his retirement on December 4, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Officer Lukaitis worked diligently to serve the residents of Philadelphia and proudly helped build community relationships with the 39th Police District Officers. He has partnered with the 39th Police District Advisory Council (PDAC), the 39th Police Clergy, and community groups to tirelessly help change the narrative and redefine the concept of community policing; and

WHEREAS, Officer Lukaitis has provided numerous resources and events to help those in need, such as: the "39th Police District Food Pantry and Food Drive," "Coffee with a Cop," "Toys for Tots," "Peace Day," "Faith and Blue," as well as prayer walks, community clean-ups, coat drives, diaper distributions, and job opportunities; and

WHEREAS, Joseph A. Lukaitis has provided community residents in it 39th Police District with an everlasting impact. In addition to his outpouring of generosity and commitment to serving the communi...

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