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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. Upon further investigation one of the suspects confessed to committing at least 6 auto burglaries in the city of Parkland. Officer Banke contacted BSO Parkland and using an address taken off one of the stolen laptops contact could be made with one of the potential victims. The victim did confirm that several of his vehicles had been burglarized. Due to Officer Banke’s astute observation skills and teamwork with Parkland BSO, 3 suspects were arrested and charged with 2 counts of burglary, grand theft and petit theft, with more charges pending upon identification of additional victims and over $1400 in stolen goods were recovered. It is for this reason Officer Banke is being awarded the Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation.
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