Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sgt. Giannino Receives Hakim Farthing Award

Officer Hakim A. Farthing was killed in the line of duty on August 10th 2002. He was a Patrol Officer assigned to District Five Anacostia Station. While assisting units from the District Four Greenbelt Station with traffic control at a motor vehicle crash on the southbound lanes of the B-W Parkway at the split to New York Avenue, an intoxicated motorist drove past a barricade and fatally struck Officer Farthing. The motorist attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended a short distance away by the United States Park Police.

In 2002 the United States Park Police and Fraternal Order of Police jointly created the Hakim Farthing Award for Excellence in DWI and Traffic Enforcement. This award honors and rewards the diligence and dedication of Force members who keep our streets safe through active enforcement of traffic law. In addition, this award pays homage to the memory of Officer Hakim Farthing, who was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

In 2008, Master Patrol Officer (MPO) Anthony Giannino was assigned to the Central District Station. MPO Giannino consistently led his squad and station in arrests of impaired operators of motor vehicles. His dedication to improving the safety of our roadways was highlighted by MPO Gianninno leading his squad in a majority of the 2008 Smooth Operator campaign.

MPO Giannino’s efforts to protect our park lands and reduce motor vehicle accidents led to his selection as the 7th annual Farthing Award winner. During 2008 MPO Giannino made ninety traffic arrests, with sixty three of them for DWI/DUI. He issued three hundred and fifty eight traffic citations. MPO Giannino provided assistance to other Force members and other law enforcement agencies in the development of their DWI/DUI cases by conducting seventeen Breath Tests for suspected impaired operators.

For these actions, Anthony Giannino received the 2008 Farthing Award.

Anthony Giannino was promoted to Sergeant in 2009.