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Sheriff Ben Johnson honored the five deputies and civilians as Top Deputies and Employees of the First Quarter during a ceremony at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach Tuesday morning.
Deputy of the Quarter Dennis Miller patrols the county jurisdiction around Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond Beach, and he knows the area and the people in detail. His deep knowledge, paired with a devoted tenacity to bring crime suspects to justice, have resulted in impressive results.
Investigator of the Quarter Robert Campbell has been an investigator at the DeLand district office for less than a year. His work on a February home invasion case showed how he was able to build a rapport with one of the suspects and obtain information about additional suspects not yet apprehended and to recover items stolen.
Employee of the Quarter Alan Horne is a 22-year veteran at the Sheriff's Office and a manager at the Records Unit where he supervises several other employees. During a recent state audit, Mr. Horne impressed the auditor with his organizational skills and the fact that he had prepared several documents well in advance of the process. This led to the department completing the audit with positive results.
Telecommunicator Paul McGovern is the first to obtain a "difficult to achieve" designation at the Sheriff's Office's consolidated dispatch center. When he was hired he was assigned to the Fire Emergency Communication Center, and soon moved up through the multiple career development phases to become a fully trained telecommunicator, specializing in Fire/EMS dispatch. He also became cross-trained in law enforcement dispatch, which requires a different set of skills. Mr. McGovern is now the first fully cross-trained telecommunicator since the full consolidation of the dispatch center.
Max Landau is a prime example of a very willing volunteer. The volunteer of the quarter was instrumental in developing a computerized management system for the Citizen Observer Program house watch program. It improves the accuracy of the program's records and the safety of the COP members on patrol. Mr. Landau also developed a database for missing and stolen property that resulted in property being returned to its owners and even the solving of some crimes.