TThe Florida Retail Federation is proud to host the 44th Annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY) Awards Program on October 23, 2018.

The LEOY Award was created in 1974 to encourage support of Florida’s outstanding law enforcement community. The award recognizes the selflessness, professionalism and tireless dedication of Florida’s law enforcement officers. This award has been presented to 43 individuals who embodied the epitome of excellence in law enforcement. Additionally, hundreds of outstanding officers have been honored through nominations and other special recognitions in association with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards program.

2018 Nominations Now Open! (PDF Form)

FRF is now accepting 2018 LEOY Award nominations from Florida police and sheriff's departments, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Bureau of Law Enforcement, and any federal officer serving Florida.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 31, 2018. Eligible nominees are officers up to and including the rank of sergeant. Nominations for 2018 should be based on overall performance from June 30, 2017 through July 1, 2018. FRF respectfully requests only one nomination per department. The nominee selected as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year will be recognized at a special LEOY Awards dinner on Tuesday, October 23, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. The LEOY Awards Dinner will kick off our 2018 Loss Prevention Conference held Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Sponsor a Table (online form)

Don’t miss the opportunity to support our law enforcement and sponsor a table at this special event. Table sponsorships are $950 per table, and include:

  • 8 tickets to the LEOY reception and dinner (you can donate any unused tickets to a member of law enforcement)
  • Table signage
  • Special recognition at the event
  • Inclusion in the dinner program and event signage
  • Website promotion

For questions, contact Shelby Dotson at or (850) 222-4082.

Past Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Winners

2017 LEOY Winner
Detective Sandra Marquez of the City of Aventura Police Department
Aventura Police
2016 LEOY Winner
Investigator Jayson Paul of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Volusia Sheriff
2015 LEOY Winner
Detective Jason Friday of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Sarasota Sheriff
2014 LEOY Winner
Detective Miguel Garcia of the Miami-Dade Police Department
Miami Dade Police
2013 LEOY Winner
Sgt. Richard Rossman of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Broward Sheriff
2012 LEOY Winner
Detective Sebastian Monros of the Miami-Dade Police Department
Miami Dade Police
2011 LEOY Winner
Detective Scott Frantz of the Daytona Beach Police Department
Daytona Beach Police
2010 LEOY Winner
Detective John Tritt of the Orlando, Florida Police Department
Orlando Police
2009 LEOY Winner
Special Agent (SA) Terry Corn of the FDLE
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
2008 LEOY Winner
Detective James Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Polk Sheriff
2007 LEOY Winner
Detective Sgt. Daniel J. Carron of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Pinellas Sheriff
2006 LEOY Winner
2006 LEOY Winner
Detective Sgt. James R. Contento of the Tampa Police Department
Tampa Police