News


FDLE Wins 23 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards

 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement today announced the agency is the winner of 23 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards, gaining recognition in four categories and netting $2,100 in cash awards. Florida TaxWatch named FDLE members the recipients of six individual cash awards, two team cash awards, three certificates of commendation, and 12 commemorative plaque awards.

“I’m proud of each member and team for raising the bar,” said Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Their innovations and efficiencies will have significant and lasting impacts on law enforcement. This is a well-deserved honor.”

The following FDLE members will be recognized with “Notable Individual Cash Awards:”
  • Special Agent Edward King of the Tallahassee Regional Operations Center - $200: “Reduced Fraud Scams Involving the Internal Revenue Service”;
  • Special Agent Eric Jester of the Orlando Regional Operations Center - $200: “Reduced Violent Crime Through Exemplary Service to the Community”;
  • Special Agent Ellen Wilcox of the Tampa Regional Operations Center - $400: “Dismantled Nationwide Mortgage Fraud Scheme Arresting Brokers & Lenders”;
  • Special Agent Rusty Rodgers of the Jacksonville Regional Operations Center - $300: “Foiled Offshore Diversion of Millions of State Funds”;
  • Special Agent Kirk Veazey of the Jacksonville Regional Operations Center - $200: “Reduced Retailer Losses by Dismantling a Criminal Organization”; and
  • Crime Lab Analyst Jennifer Miller of the Jacksonville Regional Operations Center - $200: “Reduced Pending Biology Through Review of Outsourced Casework.”

The following FDLE teams will be recognized with “Notable Team Cash Awards:”
  • Gang and Major Epidemic of Violence Enforcement Response Partnership (GAME OVER) of the Orlando Regional Operations Center - $300: “Developed and Implemented a Gang and Violent Crime Task Force”; and
  • Worst of the Worst Repeat Offender Apprehension Team of the Orlando Regional Operations Center - $300: “Implemented an Initiative to keep Violent Offenders off the Streets.”

The following FDLE individuals and teams will be recognized with “Certificates of Commendation:”
  • Sex Offender Registry Online Training Team of the Criminal Justice Information Services Program: “Conducted Online Training Program for Sex Offender Registry”;
  • John Prchal of the Criminal Justice Information Services Program: “Developed Multiple Database Systems for Background Check Processing”; and
  • Electronic Surveillance Support Team of the Orlando Regional Operations Center: “Contributed to the Reduction in Violent Crime for Central Florida.”

The following FDLE individuals and teams will be recognized with “Commemorative Plaque Awards:”
  • Targeting Organized Retail Theft Team of the Orlando Regional Operations Center: “Dismantled Organized Retail Theft Organizations”;
  • Sebring Field Office: “Ensured Safety in Southwest Florida through Vigorous Investigations and Arrests”;
  • Bureau of Professional Development Online Training Development Team: “Produced Online Training Courses Shared Freely with Florida Law Enforcement”;
  • Financial Crimes Investigator Quinn Northcutt of the Miami Regional Operations Center: “Investigated and Arrested State Supervisor Who Stole $1.5 Million”;
  • Tampa Biology Team of the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center: “Eliminated the Backlog of Cases for DNA Testing”;
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst Yolanda Soto, of the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center: “Reduced Pending Gun Crime Caseload”;
  • Research & Training Specialist Donna Hodges of the Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse: “Created Silver Alert for Missing Endangered Elderly Persons”;
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office Screening Lab Training Team of the Jacksonville Regional Operations Center: “Reduced the Number of Cases Requiring Serology Analysis”;
  • Fort Myers Regional Operations Center Biology Team: “Reduced the Number of Pending Biology Service Requests”;
  • Electronic Benefits Trafficking Task Force of the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center: “Forged Team to Combat Trafficking Food Stamp Benefits”;
  • Pensacola Crime Lab Biology Team of the Pensacola Regional Operations Center: “Reduced Backlog and Completion Time for DNA Cases”; and
  • Weekly Walk-In Ballistics Program Team of the Orlando Regional Operations Center: “Developed a Weekly Walk-In National Integrated Ballistics Information Network Program.

The Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards are designed to recognize and reward state employees and work units for increased productivity, innovation, and cost efficiencies. The winners will be recognized at ceremonies held across the state in June.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001