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Distinguished Officer of the Month - May 2011

Distinguished Officer of the Month - May 2011
Officer James Shannon

The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) is pleased to announce that Officer James Shannon has been awarded the departmental Exceptional Service Award and selected Distinguished Officer of the Month for May 2011.  As a member of the MDPD since April 1983, Officer Shannon is currently assigned to the Northwest District.

As a 27-year veteran of the Department presently assigned to the Northwest District's Neighborhood Resource Unit, Priority Service Squad, Officer Shannon had an above average level of productivity. He consistently recovered a high number of truants, and was praised repeatedly for his dedication and skills at apprehending fleeing subjects.  Some of his noteworthy achievements during the previous year include the following:

On February 10, 2010, a BOLO went out for a vehicle that had just fled the scene of a burglary in-progress at a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy's residence.  Within minutes, and anticipating the subject's escape route, Officer Shannon apprehended the subject, who was positively identified and charged with the residential burglary.

On March 29, 2010, two subjects at a Bank Atlantic branch office, located at NW 57 Avenue and NW 177 Street, were attempting to cash stolen checks.  The subjects were being tracked via a stolen cellular telephone inside the victim's purse which was in the rear seat of the stolen sports utility vehicle.  Officer Shannon located the vehicle in the drive-thru lane of the bank and apprehended the two subjects without incident.

On April 21, 2010, three armed men committed a robbery in The Moors community.  Upon seeing police arrive, the subjects fled the scene, discarding a firearm in the process. Officer Shannon conducted a felony traffic stop and apprehended the subjects without incident.  The subjects were positively identified and charged with armed robbery.

On October 11, 2010, Officer Shannon arrived on a burglary in-progress call, where he observed three subjects fleeing through the parking lot.  He pursued the subjects on foot, while simultaneously providing a description of the subjects and direction of travel for the responding officers.  He established a perimeter and requested assistance from canine and aviation units.  All three subjects were subsequently apprehended and charged accordingly. 

On October 14, 2010, while assisting on a perimeter position reference a burglary in-progress call, Officer Shannon observed a subject attempting to break the perimeter near your location.  He challenged the subject, who initially stated he was a jogger; however, a pat-down produced items from the burglary scene.  The subject was charged with burglary.

On October 27, 2010, Officer Shannon observed a vehicle fleeing the scene of a residential burglary in the Country Club of Miami area.  Upon following the vehicle, which came to a stop behind a school, the subjects fled.  He pursued the subjects on foot while establishing a perimeter and providing a description of the subjects.  Requesting assistance from aviation and canine units, the two subjects were subsequently apprehended and charged with residential burglary.  The victim's property was also recovered.

On December 3, 2010, Officer Shannon was responding to a burglary in-progress call in the area of NW 67 Avenue, when he observed the subject run eastbound over the perimeter wall of The Moors community.  A short time later, he located the subject hiding in the rear of a gated yard under a motorcycle cover.  The subject was positively identified and charged with two counts of residential burglary.

On January 4, 2011, while canvassing the Shoma Homes community in the area of NW 87 Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive, Officer Shannon was assisting with the search for three subjects who had committed an armed bank robbery in Delray Beach. Leading police on a tri-county pursuit, the subjects exited their vehicle at the I-75 exit of Miami Gardens Drive.  Upon arriving in the area of NW 185 Street and NW 85 Avenue, Officer Shannon immediately encountered two of the subjects, and was able to apprehend them with the assistance of officers from the Robbery Intervention Detail.  The third subject was hiding inside his girlfriend's residence within the Shoma Homes community, and surrendered himself just as the Special Response Team was preparing to make entry into the residence.  The subjects were positively identified and turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Over the past 12 months, Officer Shannon has effected a total of 63 arrests, handled 337 calls-for-service, conducted 459 field interviews, apprehended 15 subjects, and recovered 164 truants.  As a veteran officer in a type of squad that requires consistent levels of high productivity and enthusiasm, and is often filled with young, fervent officers, Officer Shannon is truly leading by example and allowing his actions and achievements to set the expectations for the rest of his squad.

Prepared by:
Sandra G. Kramer
Media Relations Bureau

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