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Top sheriff’s employees include deputy who made 60 arrests
posted Feb 13, 2014 - 12:55:41pm
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson recently congratulated five people who won Employee of the Quarter designations for the last quarter of 2013. They include uniformed personnel and civilians, spokesman Brandon Haught said.
“Every one of them goes far above and beyond what their jobs are supposed to entail, including a patrol deputy whose 60 arrests helped resolve several property crimes, a respected auto theft investigator, and a warrants department supervisor,” Haught said. “Also getting awards from Sheriff Ben Johnson at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach were a telecommunicator, and a volunteer.”
Senior Deputy Morris Frosher took on the challenge of investigating crimes in which “vehicles, street signs, extension cords, brass plumbing and farm equipment” were among the metal items stolen by thieves who later tried to sell them as scrap.
Frosher’s hard work, the Sheriff’s Office said, resulted in more than 60 arrests during the quarter, even including cases lacking suspects, witnesses or evidence, or with unknown victims.
Frosher also created a program that includes a strong relationship with secondhand metal dealers and helps identify suspicious customers who are potentially conducting illegal activity.
When motorcycle enthusiasts descend for Volusia County’s numerous biker-related events, it presents a tempting environment for thieves. But during Biketoberfest 2013, auto-theft investigator Joel Hernandez headed the Motorcycle Anti-Theft Task Force, inviting bike-theft experts from as far away as Connecticut to participate. The task force had a direct impact on motorcycle thefts, which dropped from 12 during the previous event to just six this time, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Shift supervisor Kim Melvin successfully manages the Sheriff’s Office’s important task of verifying arrest warrants for all agencies in the county around the clock. She also took on the extra commitment of coordinating Criminal Justice Information Systems compliance, which entails monitoring certification, assisting in audits, and coordinating with other agencies.
Telecommunicator of the quarter Kim Barlow was recognized for her role in a traffic stop that grew into a complicated situation with a fleeing vehicle, a pursuit, shots fired, and a kidnapping. Barlow kept up with the constant flow of information coming in from several different sources, the Sheriff’s Office said, and her interaction with the other dispatchers around her was extremely professional and helped ensure all agencies were notified of updates in a timely manner. Despite the high stress, Barlow was a calm and clear voice the entire time.
Volunteer of the quarter Earl Bennett, a valuable member of the records-section team, has used his above-average computer skills to develop a method to scan field-interview cards and associated pictures into a system that can be searched by deputies on patrol. The system has prevented unnecessary duplication of records, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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