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United States Attorney's Office Honors Law Enforcement Personnel for Exceptional Service

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins announces the recipients of the 2022 Law Enforcement Awards. Over 60 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel and community leaders who contributed to the success of federal cases during the 2021 calendar year are being recognized for their commitment to pursuing justice and public safety. Each year the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts holds a formal ceremony to honor award recipients, which will take place in October 2022 at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.

These awards recognize federal agents, state troopers, local officers, investigators and community leaders for exceptional leadership, outstanding collaboration, investigative achievement and excellence, victim assistance and excellence in community engagement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the cases nominated the honorees. In one instance, U.S. Attorney Rollins herself nominated the recipient due to their outstanding and unwavering commitment to the City of Boston – Former Acting Boston Police Commissioner Gregory Long.

“The typical workday does not exist for law enforcement professionals, they work around the clock. Day in and day out, law enforcement professionals work tirelessly in the pursuit of justice, often putting their lives on the line to protect the people of our Commonwealth against criminal operators,” said U.S. Attorney Rollins. “It is directly because of these dogged, relentless efforts that my office can hold perpetrators accountable through successful investigations and prosecutions. The Annual Law Enforcement Awards are an important opportunity to recognize and honor the professionals whose work has been instrumental to our cases and to keeping our communities safe.”

The category of Investigative Achievement Award is reserved for those who substantially contributed to the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice. The following cases and agencies will be honored:

U.S. v. Bruce Brown

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; Newton Police Department

U.S. v. Hubley

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): IRS Criminal Investigation

U.S. v. Jasiel Correia

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General; U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; Massachusetts Office of Inspector General

U.S. v. John Casey

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Marshfield Police Department; Burlington Police Department

U.S. v. Leslie Caraceni et al., and U.S. v. Meghan Giacomuzzi

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. v. Stefanie Hirsch et al.

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General

U.S. v. Sunil Akula

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation

The category of Investigative Excellence recognizes an individual whose actions led directly to the arrest of a dangerous subject or to the exposure of a significant criminal conspiracy. The following case and agency will be honored:

U.S. v. Anthony Deordio and U.S. v. Jonathan Monson

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation

The category of Excellence in Community Outreach and Prevention Award recognizes individuals, or a team of individuals, who have shown outstanding commitment and/or innovation in the area of law enforcement and community outreach to include training, relationship building, prevention programs and other similar activities. The following programs and agencies will be honored:

Civil Rights Opioid Work

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): New England ADA Center

Project Safe Childhood Cape and Islands Education Series

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; Barnstable Police Department; Chatham Police Department, Orleans Police Department; Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office

Project Safe Childhood in the Berkshires Education Series

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service; North Adams Police Department; Berkshire District Attorney’s Office; North Adams Public Schools

The category of Exceptional Leadership recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership of an organization or department in the face of adversity or significant challenges. The following agency will be honored:

Exceptional Leadership in the City of Boston

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Boston Police Department

The category of Outstanding Collaborative Award recognizes investigators from a multi-agency collaboration whose exceptional efforts to overcome significant challenges led to a successful conclusion. Recipients in one case also received the Victim Service Award. The following cases and agencies will be honored:

U.S. v. Anthony Howard

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; Boston Police Department

U.S. v. Derek Sheehan

Agency/Organization of Recipient(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation; Norwell Police Department; Massachusetts State Police

*Victim Service Award

U.S. v. Samuel Rodriguez, et al.

Agency/Organization of Recipient: Massachusetts State Police; Fairhaven Police Department; United States Drug Enforcement Administration; United States Postal Inspection Service

Updated September 23, 2022