Officer Of The Year

Congratulations Officer Hassett

Current Assignments

Officer Hassett is the Professional Standards Officer of the Special Services Section. The Professional Standards Officer is the coordinator of special projects, policy development, and maintains agency compliance with all Accreditation Standards set by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). He is an active assessor for the CFA. In this role, he travels around the State of Florida and assesses other law enforcement agencies for compliance with the standards.


2019 Police Officer of the Year Officer Hassett

Officer Hassett

Setting The Example

In February of 2018, the police department received accredited status. Officer Hassett was highly instrumental in the department’s success.

Officer Hassett is willing and anxious to take on new challenges. Many of the projects and achievements Officer Hassett has accomplished over in 2018 directly impact the health, life, and safety of our personnel and the community we serve.

Officer Hassett was critical in the development of practices, policies, and procedures for the newly enacted Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Officer Hassett remains heavily involved in agency operations related to this act by serving as our department liaison for the Risk Protection Order function. His compassion and dedication to those affected by mental health conditions is commendable.

Officer Hassett not only understands and embraces our department’s goals and expectations but establishes goals and maintains a high expectation for himself.

Officer Hassett has been a frontrunner in the agency’s pursuit of the agency’s core values of integrity, service, professionalism, and dedication. It is through these core values that Officer Hassett earned the title of the 2019 Officer of the Year.

Past Officer of the Year Award Recipients:

  • 2018 Officer Per Haugland
  • 2017 Sergeant John Shea
  • 2016 Sergeant Roxanne Pohl
  • 2015 Officer Jimmy Rexroad (retired)
  • 2014 Corporal Scott Galley
  • 2013 Detective Dave Plageman
  • 2012 Captain Adam Geissenberger
  • 2011 Officer Steve Vangeli (Retired)
  • 2010 Detective Michael Piacenza
  • 2009 Detective E. J. Stevens (Retired)
  • 2008 Sergeant Dean LoBianco
  • 2007 Sergeant Michael Lynch
  • 2006 Corporal Michael Bingnear
  • 2005 Lieutenant Paul Andrews (retired)
  • 2004 Captain Brian Unmisig
  • 2003 Corporal Vernard "Rick" Wagner (retired)
  • 2002 Officer James Bupp (retired)
  • 2001 Officer Brian Cook
  • 2000 Officer Craig Heneveld (retired)
  • 1999 Officer John McNeil (retired)
  • 1998 Officer Robert A. Cook (retired)
  • 1997 Sergeant Tracey Schofield (retired)
  • 1996 Officer James P. Young (retired)
  • 1995 Chief Michael Haworth
  • 1994 Captain Michael Darroch (retired)
  • 1993 Detective Kathleen Nover (retired)
  • 1992 Detective Corporal Kenneth Blessing (retired)
  • 1991 Master Police Officer James Trehy (retired)
  • 1990 Officer Robert Miller (retired)
  • 1989 Officer Nicholas Delgrosso (retired)
  • 1988 Chief Dorene Thomas (Retired)
  • 1987 Officer Winifred Ray Collins (retired)
  • 1986 Sergeant Orville Hall (retired)
  • 1985 Senior Police Officer Robert W. Cook (retired)
  • 1984 Officer Daniel Hansen (retired)
  • 1983 Officer Charles Prichard (retired)
  • 1982 Captain John Green (retired)
  • 1981 Captain Erik Sandvik (retired)
  • 1980 Officer Frederick Jenkins (retired)
  • 1979 Officer Frederick Jenkins (retired)
  • 1978 Officer Richard Smith (retired)