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Police Recognitions and Commendations

Information about the Coral Springs Police Recognition Program

2011 Recognitions

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2010

Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – LT. Shawn Backer
In the early morning hours of March 9, 2010 while on routine patrol Lt. Backer observed a pick-up truck with multiple rims and tires in the bed exiting a neighborhood at the 5000 block of Coral Ridge Drive. Given the time of day Lt. Backer saw this as being suspicious and decided to investigate further. More...
Administrative Service Award – LT Amy Allen
Recognizing an opportunity for enhanced training as it related to our C.A.P.’s detective’s knowledge of homicide investigation, Lt. Allen conducted extensive research locating one of the lead homicide investigators in the nation. More...
Community Involvement Commendation – Officer Kerry Draddy
Officer Draddy is being recognized for her efforts enforcing the ‘Open & Empty’ program. Open & Empty is a program where businesses agree to keep no money in the register overnight. Would be criminals are alerted to their participation by storeowners placing a sticker in a visible area of their business. More...
Community Involvement Commendation – Community Involvement Coordinator, Cindy Heafy
Cindy’s selfless efforts coordinating the Angel Tree, Shop with a Cop and the Holiday Food Basket program resulted in bringing joy to over 100 hundred children this past holiday season. Cindy worked tirelessly, much of which was on her own time, to obtain donations from local businesses and to solicit participation from employees and volunteers in order to facilitate these worthwhile programs. More...
Community Policing Award – SGT/Detective Gary Scheetz
At the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010 the Coral Springs Corporate Park was experiencing an increase in vehicle and business burglaries. As the lead detective Gary developed and implemented a plan to analyze existing burglary data in an attempt to predict areas where future crime will occur and intercept the crimes by strategically utilizing specialty unit personnel and unmarked vehicles. More...
Life Saving Commendation – Officer Cheryl Lumm
While off duty, Officer Lumm was riding her motorcycle with a group of motorcyclists on U.S. 27. In the late afternoon one of the lead motorcyclists lost control and crashed between the two lanes of traffic. The initial crash subsequently caused a second crash. The victim of the first crash sustained minor injuries, while the victim of the second crash, who was not wearing a helmet sustained more serious injuries to his face and neck when thrown from his bike. In the aftermath, Officer Lumm immediately sprung into action. More...
Life Saving Commendation – Officer Carrie Balmer
On August 9, 2009 Telecommunicator Carrie Balmer answered a 911 call from a mother who stated her daughter was not breathing. Carrie immediately initiated CPR with the mother and another male who was present. More...
Exceptional Support Initiative Commendation – Hillarey Gentry, Maria Kerner, Carrie Balmer and Jessica Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

On October 23, 2009 communications fielded a call from a Marine Sgt. Scott Pierre, stationed in Africa. He stated he had been in a roll over accident, was unable to move, and in an unknown location. Sgt. Pierre called his wife Mailinda on a satellite phone; she then transferred the call to CSPD at which time the call disconnected.

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Exceptional Support Initiative Commendation-Corrine Arthur
On December 30, 2009 Officer Harty and other members of the TAG unit initiated an investigation and surveillance in the area of 3200 Coral Ridge Drive. They were looking for a burglary suspect, Jonathan Ahmed Mohammed, who was believed to be at the apartment of a “Candice” in Coral Springs Villas. More...
Excellent Police Initiative Commendation – Captain James Hanrahan
On October 13, 2009, on his way home from work in his personal vehicle, Captain Hanrahan observed a vehicle he recognized as possibly being stolen a few days earlier. Captain Hanrahan followed the vehicle and contacted dispatch to conduct a records check. He continued surveillance until dispatch confirmed the vehicle was listed as stolen. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – LT. Shawn Backer
In the early morning hours of March 9, 2010 while on routine patrol Lt. Backer observed a pick-up truck with multiple rims and tires in the bed exiting a neighborhood at the 5000 block of Coral Ridge Drive. Given the time of day Lt. Backer saw this as being suspicious and decided to investigate further. As soon as Lt. Backer activated his brakes to make the u-turn to get behind the vehicle, the driver immediately sped off at an extremely high rate of speed. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation –Officer Jeremy Racine
On March 12, 2010 Officers were dispatched to 3572 Sanctuary Drive concerning a male seen inside a neighbors car. Patrol units responded and set up a perimeter, verified a burglary had taken place and issued a bolo for the suspect. When the call was dispatched Officer Racine was ending his shift and was pulling into his own driveway. He volunteered and responded to the area of the burglary. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – SGT/Detective Glen Dorow
On Saturday, September 25, 2009 CSPD was called and advised by the caller that they had just witnessed a vehicle burglary in the 10300 Block of NW 7th Street. Officers responded to the scene and quickly identified the suspect. At the same time Detective Dorow was monitoring his radio and responded to the scene to offer assistance. Upon seeing the officers approach the suspect fled on foot. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Detective Shawn Hines
In August of 2009, a rash of burglaries within The Preserves had begun to cause residents great concern. Many items were stolen including expensive electronic items, thousands of dollars worth of jewelry as well as multiple handguns. Detective Hines understood the importance of acting quickly to solve these cases in order to restore the residents sense of security and safety. Detective Hines quickly got to work, accurately identifying a suspect who then revealed the involvement of two additional suspects. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Dan Lombardo
Recognizing automobile burglary as being a crime plaguing the restaurants along University Drive within our City, Officer Lombardo made an effort to more diligently patrol this area within his zone during peak burglary hours. His efforts paid off when on February 9, 2010 he heard a car alarm sound behind Big Bear Brewery. Upon approach he noticed a dark color vehicle quickly leave the area of where the alarm was sounding. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Sean Murray
In a 10-day period Officer Murray used superior observation and investigative skills to locate and arrest multiple felony suspects based on BOLOS from fellow department members on three separate occasions. On January 2, 2010 reacting to a BOLO for a vehicle used in several local Gym burglaries Officer Murray arrested two suspects, resulting in a felony arrest and the clearing of multiple burglaries. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Joseph Hubbard
On January 29, 2010, while exiting his home in Pembroke Pines to come to work, Officer Hubbard heard a vehicle car alarm go off in the area. He took initiative to check out the alarm. While driving to the area of the alarm, he observed 2 subjects running away from a vehicle parked inside the garage of a residence. The two subjects then entered a silver, Honda Civic parked in front of the residence where the audible alarm was coming from. Two additional subjects were also in the vehicle. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Greg Tony
On November 13, 2009 Officer Tony was conducting marked unit Patrol in the area of a reported attempted burglary. As he was patrolling with his windows down he heard the sound of glass breaking in the proximity of a nearby residence. He exited his vehicle and began checking the residence. Upon approaching the rear of the residence he observed two males at the rear window. Both males were wearing latex gloves and one was holding exercise weights. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officers Camille Dumornay and Greg Tony
On October 13, 2009 Officers Dumornay and Tony conducted a traffic stop at the 10400 Block of NW 33rd Street. Within the Blue, Mercury Sable were 5 occupants, of which they were able to identify three due to prior interaction: the driver, King as well as occupants MacFarlane and Thompson. After making note of the occupants within the vehicle and what they were wearing, they gave the King a warning and ended the traffic stop. Sensing that the group may be up to some sort of criminal activity, the Officers quickly obtained an unmarked vehicle and returned to the area of the traffic stop. More...
Excellent Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Carlos Gabino
On October 18, 2009 Officer Gabino volunteered to work plain clothes in an unmarked car in the Corporate Park. While patrolling, Officer Gabino observed a vehicle occupied by two subjects backed into a parking space in the area of a closed warehouse. Due to the suspicious location and positioning of the vehicle Officer Gabino decided to conduct surveillance on the vehicle from across the street. While watching the vehicle he observed the vehicle proceed to a location in the rear of the warehouse where all of the businesses were closed. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Award – Officer John Banke
On October 16, 2009 Officer Banke observed a suspicious vehicle driving southbound on Univeristy Drive. Upon observing two traffic violations he initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the three occupants of the car he noticed a backpack full of electronic equipment on the rear passenger seat in plain view. The three occupants were visibly nervous and acting in a suspicious manner. Based on the totality of the circumstances, Officer Banke believed the occupants had just committed a crime and as such advised the occupants of their Miranda Rights. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Award – Officer Timothy Coker
On August 5, 2009 Officer Coker responded to a suspicious incident called in by an off-duty BSO deputy. Upon responding Officer Coker was able to identify the suspect and detain him for attempting to enter the Deputy’s neighbor’s locked vehicle by checking the door handles. Post Miranda, Officer Coker received a full confession from the suspect, identified stolen property on his person and further identified multiple other victims of car burglaries. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officers Paolo and Elkin
While off-duty and driving in their personal vehicle, Officers Paolo and Elkin observed a subject pictured in a BOLO issued by Detective Hallman. Officer Paolo maintained a visual on the suspect while Officer Elkin contacted CSPD dispatch and directed marked units to the suspect’s location. Once detained, the subject was positively identified as the subject of the BOLO. More...
Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Jason Hosler
While patrolling in an unmarked vehicle, Officer Hosler noticed a suspicious black Ford Explorer parked and backed-in behind the Chevron gas station on University and Royal Palm. Officer Hosler followed the suspect vehicle into Tamarac where the vehicle pulled into a parking lot along University Drive. Two subjects were removed from the vehicle, separated and detained for a warrants check. Their stories were compared and both were not credible. More...
Team Citation Award – Special Response Team
In 2009, the Special Response Team exceeded their goals and objectives in every stated category. Operationally, the team had a very busy and challenging year. The team conducted 12 search warrants/vehicle assaults for various units and responded to 5 callouts for barricaded suspects or barricaded suicidal suspects along with a hostage rescue incident. The team focused its efforts on training several disciplines this year, one of which was to train in “active shooter response”. More...
Unit of the Year – K9 Unit/Officers’ Clark, Heinrich, Levin, Logan, Prosper and Sgt. Mock

 

 

 

 

The K9 Units efforts within 2009 demonstrate why they were selected as the Coral Springs Police Department’s Unit of the year. In 2009 the K9 Unit conducted 758 narcotics searches, resulting in the seizure of 77.08 pounds of Marijuana, 4.29 grams of Cocaine, $123,361 dollars of US Currency and 90 apprehensions. Of the 90 apprehensions only 15 were Bite Apprehensions, which is impressively below the national average. In addition to their routine duties, training was a large focus of the K9 Unit over the last year.

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Supervisor of the Year – Tammy Micensky, Sr. Fleet & Facilities Coordinator
During the past year Tammy has worked on the largest construction project in our Department’s history. In addition to her regular job assignments, Tammy has coordinated with the architects, engineers, and Construction Company to keep the job on schedule. Tammy has served as an internal and external liaison to keep everyone informed about construction issues. More...
Civilian of the Year – T.A.I. Louie Guzman
In 2009, Louie processed 72 crime scenes and submitted 293 latent fingerprints. Of the 293 latent prints, 210 were deemed to be "of value" and from those, 22 suspects were identified. These numbers are unmatched by any non-CSI member within this department. In January 2009, Louie assisted detective Kim Eveker with a sexual battery investigation. The suspect only spoke Spanish and Louie was able to facilitate a full confession from the suspect through his compassionate and empathetic listening skills. More...
Officer of the Year - Officer Paul Kempinski
On may 23, 2009 at 1856 hours, officer Paul Kempinski, while off duty, responded to an armed robbery in progress involving two suspects with an assault rifle. Officer Kempinski responded to the location of the suspect vehicle crash. Following procedure, training, and his experience, he positioned to assist with suspect containment and scene control. His tactical response and position was fearless and instinctual. Officer Kempinski observed a fleeing felon, drew his weapon, and ensued for apprehension. More...