For Immediate Release
September 5, 2018

Contact: Sarah Tyson Alfano / 850-681-3200


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At their 66th annual summer training conference, the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) announced the recipients of 12 awards honoring police officers, agencies and leaders for outstanding service to Floridians.

“These awards are given to some of the most dedicated officers and agencies around the state. We are proud to honor these award recipients for their commitment to safety in the state of Florida,” said Amy Mercer, FPCA Executive Director.

The FPCA’s awards program recognizes excellence in policing, the sharing of best practices and programs, innovative partnerships, major contributions to the profession through FPCA, and commitment to the public good.

This year’s award winners include:

Wall of Honor: Chief Dorene Eakman Thomas (Ret.) and the late Chief Buford C. Whitaker

Outstanding Chief Executive Officer of the Year: Chief Albert “Butch” Arenal, Coconut Creek PD

Lee McGehee Police Officer of the Year:
Small Agency—Detective Jeremy Millis, Belle Isle PD
Medium—Officer Bradley Dilley, Tampa International Airport PD
Large—Detective Manuel Gonzalez, Miami Dade PD

Rocky Pomerance Excellence in Policing:
Small Agency—Belle Isle Police Department
Medium Agency—Tampa International Airport Police Department
Large Agency—Coral Springs Police Department

Legislator of the Year: Representative Stan McClain, District 23

Legislative Aide of the Year: Thomas Barber, Assistant to Representative McClain

Operation Cooperation: North Miami PD and Miami Dolphins

Pillars of Success: Christopher Davis, Vice President and Chief Security Officer of NASCAR

To learn more about the history of awards given by the FPCA or submit a nomination for an award, please visit

About the Florida Police Chiefs Association
The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) is the third largest state police chiefs association in the nation and is composed of more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. The FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university and tribal police, private businesses and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state. Membership in the FPCA supports and maintains the highest standards of public safety and police protection for the millions of people who live, work and play in the State of Florida. For more information about the FPCA, please visit