Galapo Playground

Bedford Ave., Gravesend Neck Rd., Ave. V, E. 24 St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This park honors Police Officer Joe Galapo (1958-1988), a Sheepshead Bay resident who was shot and killed on August 16, 1988 during an arrest attempt.  Growing up in Cairo, Egypt and Paris, France, Galapo always dreamed of becoming a policeman.  After his family settled in Brooklyn, he attended high school and then the Police Academy.  He served on the force for five years, first in Coney Island’s 60th Precinct and later in the Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit.  Galapo’s hard work and dedication during his short career earned him the posthumous rank of Detective.

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