BSO AWARDS CEREMONY WEDNESDAY
Date: April 8, 2014 PIO Number: 14-4-8
In about a year, the Broward Sheriff’s Office V.I.P.E.R. Unit has made 471 arrests and recovered more than 60 firearms. The unit, which uses intelligence-led policing tactics to focus on the small percentage of criminals in the county who commit the majority of the crimes, will receive the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award Wednesday at BSO’s annual awards ceremony. It will be among many awards given to BSO deputies, civilian personnel, support staff, firefighters and paramedics, as well as private citizens and law enforcement officers from other agencies, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theatre
201 S.W. 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
“For putting the safety and well-being of others in front of their own, for their selfless dedication and bravery, for making their community better, I am proud to honor these worthy BSO award recipients,” Sheriff Scott Israel said.
Among the recipients will be veteran homicide detective Frank Ilarraza, who has been the lead detective on more than 100 complex, high-profile death investigations. He will be awarded the Detective of the Year award. The Unit of the Year award will go to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and Engine 102 from Deerfield Beach for their kindness and diligence in locating and helping an elderly man with dementia who was wandering in the rain on Interstate 95.
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