Sheriff Bill Cameron has named Daniel Tricarico the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
"DFC Daniel Tricarico was selected for his self-generated performance, initiative to solve crime, and ability to consistently apprehend perpetrators throughout the year," Cameron said at an awards luncheon Feb. 22 at Portofino's in Punta Gorda. "He consistently performed all of his assigned duties without any problems and maintained very good self-generated performance; but he consistently went one step further without being asked or told to do so.
"Anytime he responded to a criminal complaint he took the initiative to investigate it to the fullest extent, building a solid case, and making an arrest. Instead of just taking a report, requesting crime scene and turning the case over to a detective, DFC Tricarico took the initiative on his own to process crime scenes, investigates cases, recover the stolen property and made the arrests."
Cameron said one example was the case where Tricarico took a complaint of a wallet theft at a grocery, conducted an investigation himself and was able to develop probable cause, affect an arrest and recover the wallet and contents.
In another instance, Tricarico responded to a vehicle burglary in progress, saw an individual in the vicinity of the burglary and interviewed him. He got the individual to admit he and another person had just committed four car burglaries.
In another case, Tricarico responded to a residential burglary in progress and an auto theft. He conducted the entire investigation and made an arrest and recovered the stolen property for both cases.
"DFC Tricarico's consistency in actively seeking and apprehending violators of the law has proven to be a great contribution to meeting the goals of the Sheriff's Office and making the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Charlotte County enjoyable," Cameron said.