Police Officers Scott Hockney and Stephen Reidy were named “Cops of the Month” by the Rockville Centre Police Department for their arrest of a career criminal on burglary charges.
Officers Hockney and Reidy, on routine patrol Nov. 22 at about 7:30 p.m., responded to an audible burglar alarm on Allen Road. Hockney looked through a window and saw a man inside carrying a large bag and heading toward the rear of the house. Reidy ran to the rear yard and stopped the man as he was trying to escape.
The subject violently resisted arrest, and Hockney joined Reidy who used his taser in subduing the man, who had attempted to grab Hockney’s firearm.
The subject was charged with burglary, resisting arrest, attempted robbery, two counts of assault and attempted robbery. The subject had an extensive arrest record with a lengthy history of violent offenses.
Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario commended the officers for their “diligence, dedication to duty and highly professional conduct” in naming them Cops of the Month.