United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Police Department’s Contribution to the Mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Department of Justice Recognized
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Eastern District of California Law Enforcement Awards. These awards, presented annually to a law enforcement agency and an officer in each of the Sacramento and Fresno divisions of the Eastern District of California recognize outstanding collaboration between federal state and local law enforcement in addressing public safety issues in this region.
The winner of Fresno Division’s Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency Award is the Fresno Police Department for their collaboration with federal law enforcement in addressing gang and gun violence.
U.S. Attorney Wagner stated: “The Fresno Police Department was chosen for this award because of its well-earned reputation for fostering relationships with other law enforcement agencies. FPD has been a true partner with this office as we work together to promote public safety and justice. I cannot think of a better recipient for this award.”
The Fresno Police Department fosters relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Fresno and has consistently offered assistance in cases taken federally whether or not they originated with FPD. The department has tackled gang and gun violence using advanced methods and adjusting their strategies along the way. As a result of these efforts, large numbers of felons and gang members have been prosecuted on federal firearms charges, removing dangerous criminals from the streets of Fresno. In addition to enforcement efforts, FPD reaches out to the community with Night Walks or sending representatives into the community to speak about gangs.
Other winners of the 2013 United States Attorney’s Office-Eastern District of California Law Enforcement Awards are the Elk Grove Police Department for their investigations into indoor marijuana grows, Bakersfield Police Officer Paul Yoon for his work as the lead task force officer for the Central California Financial Crimes Task Force, and Detective Scott Maldonado of the Sacramento Police Department for his work with the IRS Financial Crimes Task Force.