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Police Recognitions and Commendations

Information about the Coral Springs Police Recognition Program

2010 Recognitions

2011 Recognitions

2013 Recognitions

2012

Unit of the Year – TAG Unit

During 2011, TAG members fielded daily requests for assistance from other units while maintaining an outstanding level of self-initiated activity, cultivating street level informants, self-initiating internal unit investigations and working with other jurisdictions.

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Officer of the Year – Officer Scott Clark

As the primary trainer for the agency’s K-9 Unit, Scott has established himself as a dedicated team member and self-starter who is constantly focused on improving the overall quality provided by members of the K-9 Unit. Scott served as the primary instructor for a K-9 Handler Certification Course held at CSPD (400 hours).

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Civilian of the Year – Communications Supervisor, Danyel Chin

Danyel primary responsibility is the Shift Supervisor for the afternoon shift within the Coral Springs Police Department’s Communication Center. Danyel also serves as a Tactical dispatcher, responding to all SRT callouts and other large-scale incidents when called upon. Danyel also is a member of the Coral Springs Police Departments Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) attended numerous hours of training to become certified.

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Supervisor of the Year – Sgt. William Floyd

Sgt. Bill Floyd oversees both the Bicycle and Substation Units. Under his direction the Bicycle Unit’s patrol and surveillance tactics were instrumental in creating a 14.8 % reduction in vehicle burglaries in 2011 compared to 2010. Additionally members of the Bicycle Unit conducted numerous operations in the area of The Walk to combat strong-arm robberies in the area, resulting in two suspects being arrested in October.

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Distinguished Service Award – Communications Supervisor, Joann Brown

Joann started her career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1990 as a Telecommunicator. In 1992 she was promoted to a Communications Shift-Supervisor and later to Communications Training Coordinator. Joann became the Communications Administrator in 2006 and has been serving in this capacity since then.

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Administrative Service Commendation, Range Master Bob Behan

Range Master Behan created and implemented a basic handgun safety course for civilian members of the police department. Through classroom and range instruction, civilian members are given an in-depth overview of handgun safety.

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Administrative Service Commendation, Officer Floyd ‘Bud’ Rager

Officer Rager identified the need for our Emergency Operations center to have a User Guide that would better streamline and define the roles and responsibilities of our Municipal Emergency Operations Center.

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Administrative Service Commendation, Officers Jason Hosler and Jonathan Banke

In addition to their primary responsibility as Tactical & Gang Officers, Officers Hosler and Banke were tasked with creating a Special Response Team manual for distribution to new operators.

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Community Involvement Commendation, Sgt. Bruce Kozlowski and Officers, Kozlowski, Bonasera, David, Dumornay, Martin, Murray, Wantuck, Shelton and Civilian Members, Joanne Lavoro and Chantelle Shaw

The RAD program (Rape Agression Defense) is a self-defense system designed for females. Without the group effort of the above listed instructors, the RAD program would not have been achieved in Coral Springs.

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Community Involvement Commendation, Officer Paul Kempinski

On his own initiative Officer Paul Kempinski developed a holiday bike registration and child-fingerprinting event at the two Target Stores located within our City.

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Community Involvement Commendation, Officer Jason Mulvey

Officer Mulvey took the initiative outside of his normal duties to partner with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in an effort to address juvenile access to alcohol and tobacco.

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Community Policing Award, Sgt. Shawn Hines and Officers Corey Logan, Greg Tony and Eric Walsh

In less than a three-month span, 19 residential burglaries occurred in the Dells and Meadows neighborhoods. The method of operation for each of these crimes was similar, leading detectives to believe the suspects were local and committing the crimes while on foot.

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Lifesaving Commendation, Officer Nicole Stasnek

Upon responding to the residence of a resident known to be the victim of a domestic violence to perform a welfare check, Officer Stasnek found the female lying in the entry way in a pool of her own blood.

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Life Saving Commendation, Telecommunicator, Chris Mullins

Chris answered a 911 call in reference to an 18-year old female with asthma having trouble breathing. While Chris was on the phone with the mother, the patient became unconscious and stopped breathing.

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Life Saving Commendation, Emergency Call Taker, Victoria Genova

Victoria answered a 911 call in reference to a male that collapsed and was not breathing. Victoria quickly entered the call for service and provided CPR direction until Paramedics arrived and revived the male victim. Due to her actions, she was able to sustain the patient’s life until paramedics arrived.

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Life Saving Commendation, Telecommunicator, Hillarey Vullo

Hillary answered a 911 call of a male choking on food and turning blue. She immediately began administering caller aid for an obstructed airway.

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Life Saving Commendation, Emergency Call Taker, Cecelia Jorgenson, Officer Paul Reid and Officer James Horne

Emergency Call Taker Jorgenson received a frantic 911 call from a male caller stating that he found the 15-month old baby he was babysitting face down in the swimming pool. Cecelia quickly input the call and immediately began to instruct the caller on how to administer CPR on the baby.

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Life Saving Commendation, Detective Dan Cucchi

Detective Cucchi was assigned the case of a missing/endangered woman advised to be depressed. Despite his already heavy caseload, understanding the urgency of the case, he immediately began working to locate the missing woman.

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Life Saving Commendation, Officer Sean Murray and Officer Justin McCareins

Officers Murray and McCareins were dispatched to a call in reference to an unresponsive male whose lips were turning blue. Upon their near simultaneous arrival the officers assessed the situation to determine the subject was not breathing and had an extremely low pulse.

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Exceptional Support Initiative Commendation, TAI Louie Guzman

While distributing ‘To Catch a Thief’ flyers in the parking lot of Bally’s Fitness TAI Guzman observed the female driver of a Silver 4-Door vehicle remain in the parked vehicle while a male passenger took khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt from the vehicle trunk and began to change his clothes in the parking lot.

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Exceptional Support Initiative Commendation, Criminal Investigations Specialist, Kelli Fanelli

In early 2012 Specialist Fanelli was contacted by a Detective from Dover, Delaware to assist in identifying a Coral Springs female resident with active bank fraud warrants for purposes of extradition to Delaware.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Charles Mersch

In February of 2011 an unknown suspect spray painted graffiti on several utility boxes and apartment complexes within the City. Using a variety of investigative techniques including social media Officer Mersch was able to identify the suspect.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer David Alfin

While on Patrol Officer Alfin observed suspicious activity within an apartment complex parking lot that caused him to conduct surveillance on a vehicle. When the vehicle began to leave Officer Alfin initiated a traffic stop as the driver was not wearing his seatbelt.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Jesse Perez

In April of 2011 Officer Perez responded to a theft at the North Community Park concession stand. While on scene, noting the presence of a surveillance camera pointing towards the entrance of the concession stand, he was able to obtain still photos of the suspects.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Jesse Perez and Officer Brian Gasper

As a result of their knowledge of the persons within their Sectors, Officer Perez and Officer Gasper were able to easily identify two suspects caught on surveillance camera stealing aluminum kegs from a local business.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Brian Gasper

While on routine patrol Officer Gasper observed an unknown juvenile walking down the street carrying a book bag. Officer Gasper remained in the area to see where the juvenile was going.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Arthur King and Officer Jon Bromley

In Febraury of 2011 Officer King and Officer Bromley responded to a residence reference a Grand Theft that occurred earlier in the day. As a result of efforts above and beyond the scope of a routine investigation the officers were able to not only identify the suspect’s vehicle from surveillance video but also connected the vehicle to the suspect’s residence.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Detective Marc Gorlach

Detective Goralch is being recognized for his research into the crime of, “Adverse Possession”. Many in the South Florida area are misinterpreting the concept of Adverse Possession with the intent to, “steal the use of a residence” that does not belong to them.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Frank Randazzo

In early 2011 Officer Randazzo and his Trainee, Officer Andrade, responded to the playground of a local Burger King where a terrified 12-year old victim reported that a suspect demanded he give him the $200 shoes he was wearing.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Gretchen Byrne

Upon receiving information that a purse was stolen from a car within the parking lot of a Tamarac Community Park, Officer Byrne took the initiative to covertly conduct surveillance at the Turtle Run Park.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Tom Faiola and Officer James MacLean

While conducting uniformed patrol in an unmarked police vehicle in the area of Wiles Road Officers Faiola and MacLean observed a black, Infiniti pull into the BP gas station. The passenger then exited the Inifniti and entered a waiting black, Honda.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Shawn Burst

Officer Burst was dispatched to a residential burglary that had just occurred. Upon his arrival to the area he observed a male and female walking in the area. Upon seeing Officer Burst’s patrol car the two separated and walked in different directions.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Jason Hosler

While conducting proactive surveillance in the area of ‘The Walk”, Officer Hosler observed suspicious vehicle activity between a Dodge Neon and Mitsubishi Eclipse in the parking lot of the La Quinta Hotel.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer David Alfin, Officer Brian Elkin, Officer Sean Andrade and Officer Mark Guard

In late 2011 Officers’ Alfin, Elkin, Andrade and Guard were conducting unmarked surveillance in an effort to combat residential burglaries. During this time Officer Guard observed a suspicious vehicle and alerted the other officers.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Sergeant Scott Myers

Sergeant Myers took the initiative to review a number of open robbery and theft cases. While reviewing the cases he noticed a number of relational factors such as day of the week, approximate time of day, point of origination and suspect tattoos.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Eric Walsh

While conducting unmarked surveillance in a local apartment complex Officer Walsh observed suspicious activity occurring in a vehicle just a few parking spaces away from his. One of the three vehicle occupants went into one of the apartments and quickly returned to the vehicle.

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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation, Officer Cheryl Lumm

In early 2011 after learning of an unlicensed adult living facility within the City, Officer Lumm took the steps necessary to learn how to develop a criminal case of this nature.

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Team Citation Award, Sgt. Shawn Hines, Sgt. Troy Milner, Officer Cristina Williamson, Officer Katie Eason, Officer Diane Wantuck, Detective Anthony Cassini, Detective Ed DeRosa, Detective Robe Ames, Detective Marc Gorlach, Detective Karen Hallman, Detective Steve Lerman and Detective Sherry Williams

In late 2010 the Victoria’s Secret store in the Coral Square Mall was the victim of multiple Grand Thefts. Similar type thefts had also occurred in Victoria’s Secret Stores throughout the tri-county area.

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Team Citation Award, Officer Robert Katz, Officer Vincent Bonasera and Volunteer Ronni Kessler

Under the direction of Officer Katz and with the assistance of Officer Vincent Bonasera and Volunteer Ronni Kessler, Explorer Post 276 won overall first place in the Broward County Explorer Competition, and, even more not worthy, first place in the Florida State Explorers Competition.

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Team Citation Award, Officer Dwight Hodgson, Officer Gretchen Byrne, Officer Tyler Reik, Officer Katie Eason and Officer Danielle Daily

The previously named officers noticed a sharp increase in crime within their assigned patrol area, including a number of vehicle and business burglaries.

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