Saturday, 12 April 2008 09:25

Polk County Detective Named 2008 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Runners-up from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also honored

(TALLAHASSEE) - Detective James Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2008 Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY). Detective Ostojic will receive a check for $3,000 and an attractive custom-crafted medallion and plaque when he is honored at FRF's annual awards banquet on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at LaPlaya Resort in Naples, Florida. His name will be added to a plaque that lists each LEOY recipient since the program’s inception in 1974. Detective Ostojic was nominated by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Two runners-up were selected from a field of outstanding nominees that represented various law enforcement entities from throughout the state. They will also be honored at the November 19th event and include: Investigator Christopher Ortiz of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agent Kirk Veazey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Jacksonville. Each will receive a memento from FRF designating the honor and a certificate of commendation for their outstanding work.

“The Florida Retail Federation is proud to continue its tradition of honoring Florida’s finest law enforcement professionals and, specifically, these three outstanding officers,” says Richard A. McAllister, FRF president and chief executive officer. “All of the nominees are very deserving and are a credit and inspiration to law officers and law-abiding citizens everywhere. Our selection committee’s task of choosing among these distinguished officers was not an easy one.”

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