Pensacola Crime Laboratory Analyst Recognized with Commissioner’s Medal

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey today recognized Crime Laboratory Analyst Jeremiah Bortle with the Commissioner’s Medal for his exemplary performance. Bortle is a member of FDLE’s Pensacola Regional Operations Center chemistry section.

“Through his career as a scientist at FDLE, Jeremiah has acquired a reputation for his incredible work ethic and superior case work,” Commissioner Bailey said.

The Commissioner’s Medal is awarded to an FDLE member who has become distinguished by a meritorious achievement, act, or service performed substantially beyond normal expectations. Bortle was recognized for being one of the highest producing chemists for FDLE. In 2007, he completed 1,100 service requests, processing 2,218 individual items from those requests.

In addition, Commissioner Bailey praised Bortle for his willingness to work complex cases and for taking the lead on methamphetamine seizure cases.

Bortle began at FDLE in February 2000 as a forensic technologist and was promoted to crime laboratory analyst in November 2000. As a chemist, he examines evidence by utilizing various scientific methods and instruments to determine the presence or absence of a controlled substance.

Bortle is the third FDLE member to receive the Commissioner’s Medal. The medal is part of the FDLE Commendation Medal Program which was established in 2007 to recognize members for acts of heroism, bravery, and exemplary accomplishment.

For more information, contact:

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Pensacola
(850) 410-8258