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Thursday, May 10, 2012
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U.S. Attorney’s Office Honors Nearly 200 Officers and Agents
For Outstanding Work in Law Enforcement
Honorees Represent 25 Agencies, Worked on Dozens of Cases;
U.S. Attorney Machen Says They Built a “Safer, More Secure City and Nation”
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Attorney’s Office tonight honored nearly 200 law enforcement officers, agents and investigators for their outstanding work on dozens of cases that led to the convictions of murderers, drug dealers, child predators, and other criminals.
U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said that the Office’s 32nd Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony showcased the exceptional work performed by honorees on a wide variety of investigations, including those involving murders, robberies, sex crimes, and other violent offenses; fraud and public corruption matters, and attempted espionage and other national security cases. The efforts represent only a small portion of the remarkable work performed by law enforcement in the District of Columbia and beyond on behalf of the community.
“Because of these dedicated professionals, we have so much to celebrate,” U.S. Attorney Machen said. “With violent crime rates at record lows, we celebrate reclaiming streets for our children that were once littered with spent shell casings. We celebrate lives redeemed from the grip of addiction. We celebrate children freed from sexual slavery. We celebrate a more honest government rid of scam artists and con men. We celebrate a safer city, a safer country, and a better way of life. We celebrate justice served.”
The ceremony honored the achievements of people from 25 agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other law enforcement partners. Their efforts led to convictions in nearly 40 cases that had an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Among them: this week’s convictions of five men for their roles in a series of shootings that culminated with the March 30, 2010 drive-by attack that killed three young people on South Capitol Street.
The event, at the Cannon House Office Building, was attended by scores of prosecutors and others from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as leaders of the law enforcement agencies.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office paid special recognition in memory of U.S. Park Police Sgt. Michael Andrew Boehm, who collapsed and died Dec. 16, 2011, while trying to help a seriously injured person beside the C & O Canal. Sgt. Boehm, 45, devoted 19 years of service to the Park Police, working as a patrol officer, paramedic/rescue technician, and supervisor.
In addition to the law enforcement personnel, a special award was given to three law school students who have provided more than 300 hours of volunteer service to the East of the River Youth Court, a diversionary program for first-time youth offenders.
“We have asked you to join us because of your service to our office and – at the end of the day – your service to the cause of justice,” U.S. Attorney Machen told the honored guests this evening. “Your jobs have never been tougher, but your resolve is unwavering.”