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Officers of the Month
Officer of the Month for May 2014
Officer Candace Futrell

Ofc. Candace Futrell has been selected (yet again) by her peers for Officer of the Month! 

On 05.01.14, Ofc. Candace Futrell attempted to stop human trafficker and drug dealer Ron C. Reese for riding his bicycle at night with no lights.  Reese intentionally delayed stopping so he could retrieve a Chap Stick tube with half a gram of crack and empty it onto the pavement.  He then dropped the container.  Upon Ofc. Futrell retrieving the container, Reese fled on foot.  Ofc. Futrell and Ofc. Jason Rarey chased Reese through a number of yards before they caught him.  Ofc. Futrell then retrieved the crack cocaine:  Poss. cocaine / Tampering / RWOV.

On 05.02.14, Ofc. Candace Futrell stopped Brad D. O’Neal for driving without his seatbelt.  He and his car reeked of cannabis, probably because he had 3g in one shorts pocket and 4 ounces (115g) in another pocket:  Poss. cannabis w/ intent to sell.

On, 05.08.14, Ofc. Candace Futrell stopped Kashawn K. Kearney for running a stop sign at a high rate of speed.  The car smelled of cannabis and Ofc. Futrell saw cannabis in the ashtray.  Search of car produced an Airsoft “Glock 22” pistol concealed in a camouflage jacket within reach of Kearney.   The orange tip of the pistol had been painted black to make it look like a real handgun.  Kearney is on probation for burglary:  CCW / Felony VOP.

On, 05.09.14, Ofc. Candace Futrell saw Ricky Morrow driving a car.  She knew that he has a bad license and stopped him.  He refused to obey her commands and was confrontational.  He re-entered his car, retrieved a drink and threw it on the ground.  After arrest, Ofc. Futrell found two cracks rocks that had been hidden in the cup: Poss. cocaine / Poss. paraphernalia / Tampering / HTO.

On 05.10.14, Christine R. Johnson fled from Ofc. Candace Futrell in a truck and eluded capture.  She did so because she had an ASO possession of cocaine warrant and a bad DL.  The next day, Ofc. Futrell searched for and found her outside her boyfriend’s residence.  Johnson ran inside.  Once officers showed up to assist, the boyfriend’s family members attempted to eject Johnson from the home and asked officers to come inside and arrest her.  They did.  Johnson possessed 3g of cannabis:  FATE / DWLSR / Warrant Arrest / RWOV / Poss. cannabis.

On 05.17.14, Ofc. Candace Futrell stopped Keith D. Robertson for a traffic violation.  He and his passenger made furtive movements under their seats.  Upon contact both were nervous and lied about their destination based on their direction.  Ofc. Futrell saw a loaded magazine in the door pocket and asked about guns, magazines and ammunition being in the car.  Both men denied all of the above.  Ofc. Futrell first frisked Robertson and the passenger and then underneath their seats.  Beneath Robertson’s seat was a loaded Glock 22 handgun.  Robertson admitted to placing it there because he knew it was illegal:  CCF.

Congratulations yet again, Officer Futrell!

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!