Officer of the Month for January 2013
Officer Candace Futrell
Ofc. Candace Futrell has been selected by her peers for Officer of the Month!
Officer Futrell is assigned to Team 2, Romeo Zone on Shift 4. Although she is still a relatively new Officer with a little over a year experience, she is a lead worker who excels at being proactive with very impressive results. She has great instincts when it comes to detecting crime and apprehending those responsible. She is a very dedicated, hard worker. On slow nights, Candace can always be heard on the radio conducting traffic stops and checking out with suspicious persons. She works very hard to ensure her zone is a safe place for Gainesville residents to live.
Below are some of the significant incidents/arrests she initiated during the month of December:
- DWLSR Habitual, FATE, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine with Intent, Possession of <20g Cannabis, RWOV, AOA - 2000 SE Hawthorne Rd: Ofc. C. Futrell stopped Carrie Hughes for a tag light violation at the listed location. Hughes initially stopped, and as Ofc. Futrell approached the vehicle, she observed Michael Curry cupping what appeared to be cocaine in his hand. Hughes then abruptly drove away from the stop. Ofc. Futrell followed as Hughes turned south on SE 23rd St, before stopping in the 1000 block. Curry then exited the vehicle and fled on foot ignoring commands to stop, as Ofc. Futrell gave chase. Sgt. B. Kays and several shift 3 units assisted in establishing a perimeter. Ofc. J. Kerkau and K9 Roo conducted a track. Curry was apprehended by Roo after he was observed by Ofc. S. Sweeting attempting to break perimeter in the 1400 block of SE 20th St. Curry was found to have .5g of powdered cocaine, .8g of crack in 5 pieces, and 1.1g of cannabis in his possession. Hughes, whose license is suspended as an HTO, became cooperative and stated that Curry fled the vehicle with a gun. An article search revealed that Curry had discarded a loaded Colt .38 caliber revolver as he jumped a fence during his flight. Curry, who is a 4 time convicted felon, was treated at Shand’s for dog bites. Hughes was also discovered to be a suspect in a recent Armed Robbery being investigated by ASO.
- Poss. of a CS with Intent, RWOV, DWLSR - 300 SW 16th Ave: Ofc. Candace Futrell stopped Cordairo Lazier. His vehicle smelled like cannabis, and loose cannabis was observed on the floor board. Lazier was ordered out of the vehicle so he could be searched. He physically resisted efforts to search him, and had to be taken to the ground and handcuffed. A subsequent search revealed 7.6g of MDMA, and a baggie containing 1g of cocaine that he was actively chewing. Lazier's license was also found to be suspended.
- Poss. of Cocaine with Intent, Poss. of MDMA with Intent, Poss. of <20g of Cannabis, RWOV - 1400 SE 1st Terr: OFc. Candace Futrell stopped Cornelius Johnson for a bike violation. Johnson smelled strongly of cannabis and was asked to consent to a search. Johnson agreed, before promptly discarding his bike and fleeing on foot. He was caught after a brief foot chase by Sgt. Kays. A search of Johnson yielded a small amount of cannabis and crack cocaine, along with 5 MDMA capsules.
- Tampering w/ Evidence, Poss. <20g Cannabis - 1200 EUA: Ofc. C. Futrell stopped Hudson Anderson for a stop sign violation. Anderson pulled into an empty parking lot, where he discarded an item before continuing through the lot an eventually stopping. A search of the area revealed that Anderson threw out a cannabis blunt, in an attempt to prevent its discovery.
- Poss of Controlled Substance w/ Intent (Cocaine), Tampering with Evidence, Escape, VOP and Poss Cannabis <20 Grams - 1221 E. University Ave: Ofc. J. Kelly and Ofc. C. Futrell, while conducting increased patrol, contacted subjects seated in a vehicle in the rear parking lot of Pat's Pool Hall after detecting the odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle. Rueben A. Manning Jr. and Mario M. Hayes had the odor of burnt cannabis on their person as well. After exiting the vehicle, Manning removed a pill bottle from his pants pocket and tossed it behind the vehicle in an attempt to prevent LEO from recovering it. He was placed in handcuffs and while being escorted to the police car he pulled away from Ofc. Kelly and fled on foot. He was apprehended a short distance away. The pill bottle was found to contain 25 pieces of crack cocaine (approx. 1.2 grams) Manning is currently on probation for Armed Burglary. A small baggie of cannabis (approx. 1 gram) was found in Hayes' pocket and Post Miranda He claimed ownership of this contraband.
- Possession of controlled substance/Tampering w/ evidence/Violation of probation -300 SE Depot Ave: Ofc. Futrell stopped a vehicle for a tag light violation and noticed the driver making furtive movements as he stopped. Ofc. Futrell noticed the odor of burnt cannabis as she approached the vehicle and then saw a small amount of cannabis on the floorboard of the vehicle. Ofc. Futrell searched the vehicle and located a partially smoked cannabis blunt in the ashtray and a baggie in a soda can that contained cocaine residue. The driver, Keith G. Perry, is on probation for possession of cocaine and went to jail.
- Criminal Mischief, Grand Theft, RWOV - 423 SE 25th Dr: Ofc. C. Futrell responded to this location where the victim's ex-boyfriend Jermaine Curtis had just slashed her car tires. Ofc. Futrell observed Curtis driving from the scene, and turned around to stop him. Curtis immediately drove into the dead end in the 2400 block of NE 1st Ave and fled on foot. A perimeter was established, and Curtis was found hiding several feet away. Curtis resisted efforts to be handcuffed, but was eventually taken into custody. It was later learned that Curtis took the victim's $400 Iphone, to prevent her from reporting the incident.
Officer Futrell is recognized for her incredible productive month, and her commitment to making Gainesville a safer place to live!
Supervisor of the Quarter
Sergeant Nick Ferrara
Sgt. Nick Ferrara has been selected as Supervisor of the Quarter. Daily, Sgt. Ferrara demonstrates the qualities our department looks for in a leader. He is a teacher and a mentor. As a former SWAT team member, his tactical knowledge is very high and other officers trust him to make sound decisions.
Sgt. Ferrara’s management style is firm, but easy going. He has high standards for his subordinates, but treats them with respect. Sgt. Ferrara is clearly well liked by all members of midnight shift.
Sgt. Ferrara leads by example. He is the definition of a FIELD supervisor. Sgt. Ferrara works with his team nightly. He responds to hot calls; he’ll take a perimeter position; he backs-up his team on traffic stops; he mentors and teaches.
Sgt. Ferrara believes in our Community Oriented Policing efforts. He has spearheaded both the reboot of the Safety Kiosk concept at midtown and has developed an Alcohol Awareness Detail. He loves to interact with citizens and is a positive reinforcement for how we are perceived by the citizens we serve.
The following are some opinions from his teammates:
“He was very good to work under as a new officer. He was always available and willing to help out. He was a great source of information and a great teacher, whether it be on tactics or legal issues pertaining to the job. He holds all of his officers to a high standard, which, without micromanaging, pushes them to try harder. He treats his officers as equals, and it's something we all appreciated.”
“As a veteran officer, I have worked with and for Sgt. Ferrara. He has outstanding knowledge and a great ability to impart it to others. I still use him as a resource due to his ability. He is an excellent leader and shares any burden that is asked of officers. He is proactive and substantially contributes to finding and solving crimes. He is exemplar by word and deed to the ethos of professional law enforcement.”
Sgt. Ferrara is tactically sound. His prior investigative experience shines through while assisting on major case calls and in the supplements he writes. He also excels at the administrative aspect of supervising. Whether it be handling complaints or dealing with problem employees. Sgt. Ferrara cares about the team and the overall mission of GPD. For all these reasons and many more, Sgt. Ferrara was selected. Congratulations!
Officer of the Year for 2013
Officer Jeff Bailey
Ofc. Bailey is a member of GPD’s Honor Guard, Awards Committee and the Employee Advisory Committee. As the GPD Military Liaison, Ofc. Bailey oversees the GPD Military Assistance Program. He provides assistance to our employees who currently serve in the US Reserves or National Guard, as well as to those who have served in the past. He assists employees who are in the process of deploying, are deployed and those returning from deployment. He assists with various issues that arise and acts as a liaison for the members and GPD. While they are deployed, Ofc. Bailey corresponds with them and ensures they are kept up to date with current events at GPD. When requested, he checks on the well-being of their family members back home. Upon their return, he provides assistance to help solve issues and ensure they have a seamless transition back to GPD. When new personnel are hired, he briefs them all on the GPD Military Assistance Program and provides relevant information. Ofc. Bailey also ordered the GPD Military Service Recognition Pins and facilitated the awarding of that recognition. This past fall, Ofc. Bailey coordinated two presentations at UF football games with UF’s Athletic Association’s program: Saluting those that served. This year, Ofc. Bailey has been working tirelessly on a military policy for GPD.
Ofc. Bailey is a consummate team player. He is perhaps the most humble police officer at our department. His extracurricular work ethic does not overshadow his patrol work:
On 09/13/13, Ofc. Jeff Bailey worked a retail theft at 1515 N Main St. where he identified Glenson L. Duncan as the suspect. Ofc. Bailey arrested Duncan the next day. At the time, Duncan was in possession of obvious stolen goods, still packaged and obviously possessed for re-sale on the streets. The Kangaroo clerks said that Glenson was a habitual thief and had targeted their store many times before. Duncan’s MO (stealing items in bulk) and physical description also matched several other cases worked by GPD officers all over the city on all three shifts. Ofc. Bailey researched only a 5 month window of retail thefts in RMS and narrowed down Duncan as the suspect in many. Ofc. Bailey adjusted his work schedule by coming in on his days off and before work. He obtained and reviewed video surveillance in 7 cases where he himself could identify Duncan as the thief. In collecting these videos, identifying stolen goods and speaking with store employees, it was relayed to Ofc. Bailey that Duncan stole many more times than what was reported to LEO, most likely dozens of times. Some had even nicknamed Duncan the “Red Slippered Bandit.” All the businesses were highly appreciative of his investigation. Duncan had18 felony convictions and 16 misdemeanor convictions. He had 7 theft convictions (4 times for misdemeanor petit theft, 2 times for felony – petit theft and once for felony grand theft.) Again, Ofc. Bailey adjusted his schedule and met with two assistant state attorneys on how to create the mittimus so as to streamline the charging and clerking process. Although he could have kept digging deeper into more cases, the SAO was satisfied with 7 cases and will prosecute all as felonies. Ofc. Bailey ultimately charged Duncan with 7 counts of felony petit theft and scheming to defraud via a 4-page mittimus. As these cases were [seemingly] only misdemeanors, no one would ever have followed up had Ofc. Bailey not connected the dots and put forth great effort and work, Duncan would have continued on with his crime spree.
Congratulations to Officer Bailey for being selected as the GPD Officer of the Year for 2013!