FHP NAMES HOLT DUTY OFFICER OF THE QUARTER
While monitoring Miami Intercity radio channel May 28, 2011, Duty Officer Leslie Holt heard from the Miramar Police Department that their officers were in pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle. The pursuit grew more intense when the fleeing suspect intentionally struck a Miramar PD marked vehicle. The suspect was traveling south on the Florida Turnpike, when Holt alerted troopers to the pursuit. The suspect vehicle, which turned out not to be stolen but rather wanted in connection with an aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and a felony charge of fleeing and eluding, exited the Florida Turnpike. The vehicle began traveling west from the Okeechobee Road exit. The driver and five other suspects bailed out of the vehicle and ran into a commercial complex area. Troopers arrived on scene to assist with sealing off the perimeter and joining the subsequent search for the suspects.
While communicating with the Miramar PD and the Broward County Sheriff’s Department via Intercity, Holt used the Florida Interoperability Network radio system effectively to coordinate law enforcement communication with multiple agencies. Officers apprehended four of the fleeing suspects almost immediately while two others remained at large. Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police officers continued their search of surrounding buildings and railroad cars. Within an hour, the law enforcement team arrested the two remaining suspects.
Holt’s efforts to support everyone involved in the incident exemplifies the very best of what our duty officers are expected to handle at any given time. FHP congratulates her on her selection as FHP’s Duty Officer of the Quarter for April through June 2011.