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Orlando Police Dept. Officer Rivera’s enforcement of retail and economic crime made her the choice as 2018 recipient; FDLE Special Agent Tatiana Miguel and US Secret Service Agent Logan Workman selected as Runners-Up

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for more than 80 years, announced the winners of its annual law enforcement officer of the year awards. Detective Rebecca Rivera of the City of Orlando Police Department was selected as the 2018 Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY). Selected as the Runners-Up were FDLE Special Agent Tatiana Miguel and United States Secret Service Agent Logan Workman. All were recognized, in part, for their work in preventing organized retail crime, and were honored at a prestigious law enforcement awards dinner held earlier this week.

“It’s impossible to truly show how much Florida’s retail industry values and appreciates our law enforcement officers, but we hope by highlighting the impact these worthy recipients have on our member businesses, their employees and their customers, is one small way we can show our appreciation,” said FRF President & CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We are extremely grateful to Officer Rivera and Special Agents Miguel and Workman for the sacrifice they make every single day, and we thank them for keeping us safe.”

Officer Rivera received a cash award, a number of gift cards from FRF member retailers and a custom-crafted medallion and plaque, in addition to her name being added to an official plaque that lists each LEOY recipient since the program’s inception in 1974.

2018 WINNER: OFFICER REBECCA RIVERA
Officer Rebecca Rivera is an 8-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department. In her time on the I-Drive bike squad, Officer Rivera has been instrumental in the squad’s proactive enforcement of retail and economic crime. She is recognized by her peers for her performance, initiative, and dedication to her work. Officer Rivera’s diligence, keen skills, investigative tenacity, and use of surveillance resulted in a significant increase in retail theft arrests. Officer Rivera routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist International Drive businesses in crime prevention, investigation, and the apprehension of criminals.

RUNNER-UP: SPECIAL AGENT TATIANA MIGUEL
Special Agent Miguel is a 15-year veteran of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and has been serving the State of Florida for 32 years. She is currently assigned to the Miami Regional Operations Center. Her past assignments with FDLE included economic crimes, internet crimes against children, domestic security, and public integrity. Special Agent Miguel has also served as an Organized Crime Intelligence Agent for the Palm Beach/ Broward/ Miami-Dade region.

Special Agent Miguel along with Special Agent Logan Workman were honored together for their work on "Operation Benefactor.” Together, their efforts led to the arrests of 14 individuals in a case with a financial impact of $2.5 million with ties to ongoing federal investigations totaling in excess of $20 million.

RUNNER-UP: SPECIAL AGENT LOGAN WORKMAN
Special Agent Workman is a 3-year veteran of the United States Secret Service assigned to the Miami Field Office and has been instrumental in a number of significant fraud investigations affecting retailers leading to numerous federal arrests and convictions.

ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
The Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year program has been an annual event since its inception in 1974. The purpose of the program is to support and encourage outstanding law enforcement work throughout the state, and to recognize the important contributions made by Florida's law enforcement professionals, particularly as it relates to the retail industry. The program’s time-tested campaign theme, "Often taken for granted, they never stop serving ...because they care," remains as relevant today as when the LEOY was first introduced.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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Runners-Up Honored from Gainesville, Holmes Beach and Miami

(TALLAHASSEE) - More than three decades of law enforcement experience, coupled with a talent for identifying criminal behavior even when it isn’t obvious to others, helped Detective Sergeant Daniel J. Carron of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office break two separate shoplifting rings last year and earn the prestigious honor of being named the 2007 Florida Retail Federation (FRF) Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY). Detective Sergeant Carron 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 Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at The Shores Resort in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. His name will be added to a plaque that lists each LEOY recipient since the program’s inception in 1974. Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats, who nominated Detective Sergeant Carron, will accept the plaque on behalf of the department. Dan Doyle, vice president of loss prevention and human resources for Beall’s, Inc., and chairman of FRF’s LEOY committee, will make the presentation on behalf of FRF’s nearly 12,000 members.

“The Florida Retail Federation is proud to continue its tradition of honoring Florida’s finest law enforcement professionals and to highlight the contributions of Detective Sergeant Daniel Carron in his efforts to combat organized retail crime,” 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 throughout our state. Our selection committee’s task of choosing among these distinguished officers was not an easy one.”

Three officers were also selected as runners-up from the field of outstanding nominees that represent various law enforcement entities from throughout the state. They are: Officer Carlos Decespedes of the Miami Police Department; Officer Michael Leonard of the Holmes Beach Police Department; and Officer Joseph Register of the Gainesville Police Department. Each officer will be sent a framed certificate of recognition.

2007 RECIPIENT – DETECTIVE SERGEANT DANIEL J. CARRON, PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Detective Sergeant Daniel J. Carron has worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since 1977. He currently supervises the Office’s Tactical Apprehension and Control (TAC) Unit, which is part of the Property Crimes Division, and its staff of experienced detectives. Twice in 2006, Detective Sergeant Carron’s dedication and expertise resulted in the downfall of separate shoplifting rings that were targeting home improvement stores throughout Florida.

In July 2006, Detective Sergeant Carron was in plain clothes conducting a follow-up investigation at a large home improvement store in Largo. He was approached by a woman who asked if he wanted to purchase a store gift card. While he declined, he was aware of ongoing theft scams in which suspects shoplift items, then return the items for gift cards and later sell the cards for cash profit. His astute observation and quick thinking led to the demise of a trio of criminals who, it was discovered, had their car stocked with fraudulent or altered identification, maps, and a list of home improvement stores throughout the Southeast. All admitted their involvement in a multi-state shoplifting ring that was responsible for as much as $100,000 in losses.

Sgt. Carron and his detectives conducted a similar complicated operation at another home improvement store which, after hundreds of investigative hours over a six-month period, culminated in the arrest of more than ten suspects. The gang of shoplifters traveled around the state netting between $2,000 and $5,000 a day for an estimated total theft of as much as $500,000.

Detective Sergeant Carron joins 37 previous LEOY recipients who represent various branches of law enforcement including several police departments and sheriff’s offices, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the former Florida Marine Patrol.

THE RUNNERS-UP

Officer Carlos Decespedes, Miami Police Department
Officer Carlos Decespedes is an 18-year veteran of the Miami Police Department. His driving force is his relentless commitment to protect and serve his community. Described as “dependable” and a “team player,” Officer Decespedes was honored as the Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for February, April and August of this year for his exceptional work in the Overton area. Specifically, he embarked on an aggressive strategy to rid the area of known street level narcotics dealers and armed offenders. He continues to serve as an example to other officers and leads the entire department with high productivity of arrests and summons each month, including 101 total arrests in April, all without using any form of physical force. Officer Decespedes was nominated by the Honorable John A. Timoney, Chief of the City of Miami Police Department.

Officer Michael Leonard of the Holmes Beach Police
On Christmas 2006, Officer Michael Leonard was dispatched to a Holmes Beach pharmacy to respond to a reported armed robbery in progress. Upon his arrival, the suspect fled on foot into a condominium complex and carjacked a vehicle from a family. A car pursuit took place, with the suspect crossing the centerline of a busy state road, running numerous vehicles off the roadway. The suspect eventually wrecked the stolen vehicle in the middle of a bridge, fled, and attempted to dive off the bridge into the water below. At risk to his own personal safety, Officer Leonard tackled the suspect and prevented his escape. The suspect’s numerous charges included armed robbery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was also charged with an unrelated bank robbery that occurred several days before in a neighboring jurisdiction. Officer Leonard was nominated by the Honorable Chief Jay Romine of the Holmes Beach Police Department.

Officer Joseph Register of the Gainesville Police Department
Officer Joseph Register has worked for the Gainesville Police Department for two-and-a half years. During the past year, he has been assigned full-time to the Oaks Mall, a 140-plus store shopping center serving the majority of North Central Florida. Rolling through the mall elevated on his Segway scooter, Officer Register is a welcome sight to busy shoppers and retailers alike, helping to ensure their safety. He is an incredible asset to the mall retail establishments and has conducted crime prevention training for store staff. During the past year, he made a total of 265 arrests, 42 of which were felony offenses. Officer Register also prevents thousands of dollars of merchandise losses each month by catching shoplifters in progress. In the past year, he has recovered over $37,000 in stolen merchandise from subjects attempting to flee businesses without paying for the items. Officer Register was nominated by Captain Ed Book of the Gainesville Police Department.

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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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Runners-up from Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Naples Police Department also honored

(TALLAHASSEE) - Special Agent (SA) Terry Corn of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, has been selected as the 2009 Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY). SA Corn will receive $3,000 and an attractive custom-crafted medallion and plaque when he is honored at FRF's annual awards banquet on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. His name will be added to a plaque that lists each LEOY recipient since the program’s inception in 1974. SA Corn was nominated by FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

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 10th event. They are: Deputy Sheriff Antwan Daniels of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, and Master Officer Steve Walden of the Naples Police Department. 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 our many distinguished nominees was not an easy one. We are extremely appreciative of all of the law enforcement agencies throughout the state who took time to nominate an officer. Each nominated officer will receive a certificate of commendation recognizing their nomination and outstanding work.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2011
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FLORIDA LAW ENFORCERS EARN STATEWIDE HONORS
Daytona Beach Police Department Detective Named Retail Officer of the Year
Officers from the Tallahassee Police Department, Sunrise Police Department, and the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Also Recognized

(TALLAHASSEE) - Detective Scott Frantz is a highly motivated law enforcement officer committed to professional excellence. In addition to carrying a full case load in the Daytona Beach Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, he is the lead officer for all of the department's organized retail crime cases. Over the past year Detective Frantz has dismantled an organization that was responsible for more than three million dollars in theft and losses to several retail stores in and around Daytona Beach. His diligence and contributions to the retail industry helped him earn the prestigious distinction of being named the 2011 Florida Retail Federation (FRF) Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY).

Detective Frantz received a check for $3,000 and an attractive custom-crafted medallion and plaque when he was honored at FRF's annual awards banquet on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. His name has been added to a plaque that lists each LEOY recipient since the program's inception in 1974. Detective Sgt. Michael Griffin, who nominated Detective Frantz, accept the plaque on behalf of the Daytona Beach Police Department, where it can be displayed for the next year. Dennis Wamsley, director of loss prevention for Publix Super Markets, Inc., and chairman of FRF's LEOY committee, made the presentations on behalf of FRF's nearly 9,000 member companies. A contribution was also made by FRF to the Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Foundation on behalf of the Daytona Beach Police Department. The Foundation maintains a permanent memorial and sponsors a memorial service each year in the state's capitol to commemorate Florida's law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Investigator Robert Rohrbacher of the Tallahassee Police Department was selected as the Runner-Up. He was also honored at the October 11th event. Two officers receiving Honorable Mentions will be honored locally. They are: Officer Steven Negron of the Sunrise Police Department and Special Agent Eric Jester of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. All officers recognized were selected from a field of outstanding nominees that represent various law enforcement entities from throughout the state.

"The Florida Retail Federation is proud to continue its 38-year tradition of recognizing Florida's finest law enforcement professionals. Each of these officers contributes significantly to the retail community as well as to Florida's citizens as a whole," says Richard A. McAllister, FRF president and chief executive officer. "All of the nominees are very deserving and we are extremely grateful for their efforts."

2011 RECIPIENT – DETECTIVE SCOTT FRANTZ, DAYTONA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT (277)

Detective Frantz is committed to making a difference in organized retail crimes and spends hours of his own time forging relationships with Daytona Beach area retailers in these efforts. During one such case this past year, Detective Frantz and his team used a variety of investigation techniques to acquire lists of items that three stores in Daytona Beach wanted stolen from other stores. These stores would then purchase the stolen items for resale. Nine separate sales and purchases were made at these stores by law enforcement. Following a three month investigation, all three stores were seized and search warrants executed. This resulted in the confiscation of more than $40,000 in cash, more than $10,000 of stolen items, the closure of the three stores, and the arrest of their owners. Ultimately, a million dollar organized retail crime ring with three fences and ten professional shoplifters, or "boosters," all acting in concert with each other, were shut down.

Detective Frantz, working cooperatively with retailers, had several other successes in disrupting these theft rings. Stolen products have ranged from health and beauty items to over-the-counter weight loss supplements and cigarettes.

"Organized theft currently cost retailers some $34 billion annually," says McAllister. "Detective Frantz's continued actions, as well as those of our other honorees, illustrate the success that can ensue when law enforcement and retailers work together to combat crime."

Detective Frantz began his law enforcement career in the United States Army, serving as a military police officer for three years. He has worked for the Daytona Beach Police Department for 19 years. Detective Frantz joins 41 previous LEOY recipients who represent various branches of law enforcement including police departments and sheriff's offices, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the former Florida Marine Patrol.

2011 RUNNER-UP – INVESTIGATOR ROBERT ROHRBACHER, TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT (146)

Investigator Robert Rohrbacher works in the Financial Crimes division of the Tallahassee Police Department. His focus includes cases such as identify theft, check and credit card fraud, and cyber crimes. His constant vigilance, exceptional collaborative efforts, and astute observation led to him break a substantial theft ring this year.

In January 2011, Investigator Rohrbacher was eating lunch at a local restaurant when he noticed a customer with an out-of-state drivers' license purchasing gift cards with a credit card. Suspicious of possible credit card fraud, he then observed the suspect and his accomplices repeat the process at several other restaurants. Investigator Rohrbacher than quickly organized a rolling surveillance operation. Investigation revealed that all three suspects possessed fraudulently created debit / credit cards in which the subjects' names were embossed, but the cards had been re-encoded with victims' stolen credit card information. This trio was arrested and substantial evidence seized.

Further investigation revealed that one of the suspects was the leader of a group committing credit and debit card fraud across the southeastern United States. This group was responsible for purchasing approximately 16,500 merchant gift cards valued at more than $1.4 million through using stolen accounts. The cards were being sold to online resellers.

Investigator Rohrbacher has worked for the Tallahassee Police Department for 16 years. He was nominated by Sgt. Elizabeth Dillon of the Tallahassee Police Department.

THE LEOY PROGRAM

The Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year program has been an annual event since its inception in 1974. The purpose of the program is to support and encourage outstanding law enforcement work throughout the state, and to recognize the important contributions made by Florida's law enforcement professionals, particularly as it relates to the state's retail industry. The program's time-tested campaign theme, "Often taken for granted, they never stop serving ...because they care," remains as relevant today as when LEOY was first introduced.

For more information on the awards event or the LEOY program, please contact Brenda Grindstaff, awards coordinator, at 1.888.357.3824 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FRF's Web site at www.frf.org.

The Florida Retail Federation is a statewide trade association that represents Florida's most important industry – retailing – and has served as "The Voice of Florida Retailing" since its inception in 1937. Florida retailers provide one out of every four jobs in the state, and collect and remit approximately $22 billion in sales and retail-related taxes for Florida's government each year.

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