Broward law enforcement officers receive high honors

Law enforcement officers from agencies across Broward County were honored for their bravery, heroism and service to the community on Saturday by the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ASIS International, the largest organization of security professionals and law enforcement.

Officer Don Hines of Pembroke Pines Police Department, Detective Joseph Hubbard from the Coral Springs Police Department, and Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Kari Pallotto received awards at ceremonies in Hollywood.

Broward County Sheriff Captain Darin D. Dowe, who died earlier this year after a long battle with brain cancer, was also honored for 19 years of service on the SWAT team and gang unit. Among Dowe’s contributions; alerting Margate apartment residents in a burning building after a suicidal man fired shots and set his residence aflame.

“These officers represent the very best of the best in Broward County law enforcement,” said ASIS Region 13 Assistant Vice President Charles Kaplan. “Selecting them from the field of forty six candidates was no easy task because all of the nominees are extremely worthy of our honor and gratitude.”

Pembroke Pines Officer Don Hines was recognized with the Police Officer of the Year Award for outstanding performance in the line of duty and for a consistent history of professionalism.

On September 22, 2011 Officer Hines pursued an armed robbery suspect vehicle leaving the Space Coast Federal Credit Union on Pines Blvd. Hines maintained the pursuit with a calm, professional demeanor and took minor, evasive action as the suspect pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at him. He continued the chase to its conclusion resulting in the successful arrest of the primary suspect and the getaway car driver.

Coral Springs Police Detective Hubbard received the Award of Valor for exhibiting extraordinary bravery and heroism during a firearm trafficking investigation.

In January of 2012 Det. Hubbard intervened on behalf of an undercover officer preventing his fellow detective from being shot. The suspected firearms dealers pointed guns at the undercover officer, threatening his life and attempting to rob him. When Hubbard arrived on scene, one of the suspects fled on foot and raised his gun to shoot Detective Hubbard who then fired on the suspect. Hubbard blocked the path of the suspect’s vehicle preventing their escape and arresting both armed suspects.

Deputy Kari Pallotto of the Broward Sheriff’s Weston District received the Community Policing Officer of the Year Award for her work coordinating with residents and officers in Weston’s 107 registered Homeowner’s Associations (HOA’s), hosting a summer police services academy for youth, establishing community watch groups and developing a mobile community van called “Crime Prevention On Your Corner.”

“These officers and their families make incredible personal sacrifices for our communities every day. This is our opportunity to recognize them and to say thank you,” noted Kaplan.

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