Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
April 24, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Pam Bondi Honors Law Enforcement Officers and Victim Advocates During Crime Victims’ Week Ceremony
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi honored law enforcement officers and victim advocates for their outstanding support of crime victims and their families. The Attorney General recognized three law enforcement officers, three victim advocates, and an assistant state attorney during a ceremony she hosted to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Orlando Police Department Community Service Officer Roland Clee was presented with the Distinguished David S. Crawford “Law Enforcement Officer Victim Services Award,” which is given each year in honor of St. Petersburg Police Department Officer Crawford who died in 2011 in the line of duty.
“The men and women recognized today have played a crucial role in helping victims recover and in giving hope to so many,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Every person who assists crime victims during their most trying times is a hero and deserves our support and appreciation.”The award recipients honored today were as follows:
Susie Brown and her dog, GeeBee, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Ms. Brown, a 23-year victim advocate, and GeeBee, are both Manatee County Sheriff's Office victim advocates. GeeBee is trained by Ms. Brown to work with victims, and he is the first dog allowed to escort child victims of crime to courtrooms and depositions in Manatee County.
Laura Kalt, Gainesville Police Department
Ms. Kalt has been with the Gainesville Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Unit for four years and has served as an advocate with the Alachua County Victim Service Center for 16 years. Ms. Kalt played a critical and supportive role in assisting a family whose son was murdered.
Brandy Macaluso, Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc., West Palm Beach
Ms. Macaluso, Coordinator of Victims Services, has distinguished herself among her peers and earned their recognition in the community as they elected her as the President of the local Victims’ Rights Coalition. Ms. Macaluso is continually finding new and innovative ways to reach victims in her area, and has paved the way for victim service providers that focus on victims with disabilities.
Georgia Cappleman, Chief Assistant State Attorney with State Attorney’s Office of the Second Judicial District
Ms. Cappleman has been with the State Attorney’s Office since 2002 and was promoted to Chief Assistant State Attorney in 2009. Ms. Cappleman goes above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating extreme patience with the victims, giving them the time and emotional support they need to deal with horrific crimes. Ms. Cappleman is dedicated to putting criminals behind bars.
Detective Manuel Cuervo, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Cuervo was assigned to a child pornography investigation that resulted in uncovering more than 500 images of child pornography and the defendant’s arrest. The defendant was charged with 130 counts of child pornography, and he is facing 50 years in prison. Because of Cuervo’s dedication to this case, he has protected countless children from this predator.
Sergeant Gregory Key, West Palm Beach Police Department
In his more than 26 years as a law enforcement professional, Sgt. Key has had the somber responsibility of notifying loved ones and family members of a person’s death. Sgt. Key lost his own child to an act of violence, and uses his personal loss to make a positive impact on his community by improving the lives of victims with compassion and understanding. He has created training sessions for his colleagues so they may better comfort the families on the day they lose a loved one.
Winner of the Distinguished David S. Crawford “Law Enforcement Officer Victim Services Award,” Community Service Officer Roland Clee, Orlando Police Department
Officer Clee played an integral role in several major initiatives aimed at assisting domestic violence victims in 2012. Officer Clee has been the organizer and promoter of numerous victims’ rights events, including the largest domestic violence event in the history of Orlando. As a result of the domestic violence event, 38 families sought shelter.