A Westchester County detective was honored with the FBI’s Shield of Bravery for his role in taking down a “violent masked subject” who committed several armed bank robberies.
Westchester County Police Det. Terence Malone was presented with the award by FBI Director Christopher Wray this week for his work while working on a joint federal and local FBI Westchester County Safe Street Task Force.
According to the FBI, the Shield of Bravery recognizes courageous acts occurring in the line of duty or within the scope of FBI employment, including work with a task force or an undercover operation, grave situations or crises associated with the highest priority cases of the FBI.
The award citation for Malone states, “In late 2017, a violent masked suspect committed multiple armed bank robberies and fled the scenes in a stolen vehicle. After locating the vehicle, members of the Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force surveilled the car. When a subject entered the vehicle, team members surrounded it with their cars.
“As the team members exited their vehicles, the subject rammed the cars and retrieved a gun from the passenger seat. After the subject pointed a gun at officers and refused to surrender, team members neutralized the threat. The team is commended for exemplary actions to safeguard the public and each other and for unwavering commitment to duty.”
Other Safe Streets Task Force members to receive the Shield of Bravery include FBI Supervisory Special Agent Brendan Kenny and Yonkers Police Officers Thomas Braig and Timothy Cooper.
“he Safe Streets Task Force investigates violent criminals, street gangs and organized criminal enterprises and brings these offenders to justice, often at great risk,” Westchester County Police Commissioner Thomas Gleason said. “These partnerships are force multipliers that help us to protect the people of Westchester.”
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