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A desire to adhere to the spirit of public service wherein standard work hours and basic job descriptions are merely the starting point rather than the ending point are what set apart the men and women who were named Volusia County Sheriff's Office Employees of the Fourth Quarter 2013.
Every one of them go far above and beyond what their jobs, including a patrol deputy whose 60 arrests helped resolve several property crimes, a respected auto theft investigator and a warrants department supervisor. Also getting awards from Sheriff Ben Johnson at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach Feb. 11 were a telecommunicator and a volunteer.
Vehicles, street signs, extension cords, brass plumbing and farm equipment are just a few example of property that thieves have recently stolen and then tried to sell. But Senior Deputy Morris Froscher, who patrols in the Sheriff's Office's DeLand area district, took on the challenge of solving the crimes. His hard work paid off, resulting in more than 60 arrests during the quarter. Also, he created a program that has built a strong relationship with secondhand metal dealers and helps identify suspicious customers.
Special events in Volusia County for motorcycle enthusiasts bring lots of bikes to the area, presenting a tempting environment for thieves. But auto theft investigator Joel Hernandez soured that temptation when he headed the Motorcycle Anti-Theft Task Force during Biketoberfest 2013. His supervision had a direct impact on the reduction of motorcycle thefts, dropping from 12 during the previous event to just six .
The Sheriff's Office's warrants section has the task of verifying arrest warrants for all agencies in the county around the clock. Shift supervisor and employee of the quarter Kim Melvin successfully manages that responsibility while taking on the extra commitment of coordinator for Criminal Justice Information Systems compliance. Ms. Melvin also spent six months creating a warrants manual that has increased the effectiveness of the department.
Telecommunicator of the quarter Kim Barlow was recognized for her role in a traffic stop that grew into a complicated fleeing vehicle, pursuit, shots fired, and kidnapping incident. Ms. Barlow kept up with the constant flow of information coming in from several different sources. Her interaction with the other dispatchers around her was extremely professional and helped to ensure all agencies were being notified of updates in a timely manner.
Volunteer of the quarter Earl Bennett is a valuable member of the records section team. He has used his 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. This has prevented unnecessary duplication.