ASIS Law Enforcement Award Nominees 2013

D_Foxworth_2Special Agent Darrell Foxworth

Darrell Foxworth, has been an FBI Special Agent for more than 27 years and is currently the primary spokesman for the San Diego FBI Office.

Special Agent Foxworth began his career as a special agent in 1986.  He has worked in the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and San Diego Offices.  Special Agent Foxworth, has an extensive and broad investigative background having conducted and supervised investigations involving terrorism, white collar crime, domestic and international criminal enterprises, violent crimes, cyber facilitated crimes, and crisis management.

In 2006, Special Agent Foxworth, was selected as the Special Agent Media Coordinator and is responsible for managing, directing and coordinating the San Diego FBI Field Office’s public affairs media relation program.  From 2009 – 2012, Special Agent Foxworth, was a producer and later became the host of the FOX 5 television program “San Diego’s Most Wanted – the FBI Files.” Special Agent Foxworth, is active in a number of the FBI’s community outreach programs to include Infragard, Citizens Academy and other public/private partnership programs.

 

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LCDR Todd Taylor enlisted in the Navy in 1988 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois.  Upon completion of Basic Electricity and Electronics School, Fire Controlman “A” School, and Phalanx Close-in Weapons System School, he was assigned to USS ENGLAND (CG 22) from 1990 to decommissioning in 1994.  During his tour, he performed duties as CIWS and Harpoon Anti-ship Missile System Work Center Supervisor and conducted two deployments to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.  In 1994, he converted to the Master-at-Arms rating.

After completing Master-at-Arms ‘A’ school he reported to U.S. Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena Italy, where he served as Watch Commander and Physical Security Officer from 1994 to 1996.  He was selected as the 1995 NSA Sailor of the Year.  From 1996 to 2000 he was assigned to Naval Technical Training Center Detachment, Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas as an instructor for the Master-at-Arms “A” School, the Navy Law Enforcement Specialist course, the Air Force Security Police course, and the Navy Security Officer course.  He was selected as the 1998 Navy Activities San Antonio Sailor of the Year and 1998 NTTC Instructor of the Year and advanced to Master-at-Arms Chief Petty Officer.

From 2000 to 2002 he was assigned to USS KINKAID (DD 965) as the Chief Master-at-Arms, leading Chief for Navigation-Administration-Medical Department, and Force Protection Officer.  While attached to KINKAID, he completed one deployment in 2001 performing duties as Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Boarding Officer, leading his team in over 55 inspections of commercial vessels in support of U.S. sanctions against Iraq.

In 2001, he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer commissioning program as a Security-Law Enforcement Specialist.  As an Ensign he was assigned to USS PELELIU (LHA 5) in 2002 as Department Head for Security DepartmenteadHeadh.  He completed one deployment in 2003 and earned Surface Warfare Officer designation.  From 2004 to 2006, he was assigned as Security Director of Naval Base Coronado, leading the largest security department within Navy Region Southwest consisting over 300 military, government civilian and contract security force members providing law enforcement and security for Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Navy Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, and San Clemente Island.

In 2006, he was assigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Southwest, as Regional Security Officer, leading the Security Directors of the 11 installations of CNRSW and the Metro San Diego Law Enforcement, Investigation, Military Working Dog, Harbor Security, Border Shore Patrol, Training, and Administrative Support divisions.  During his tour he established and fostered synergistic relationships with numerous outside agencies to include US Coast Guard, local municipal law enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol, FBI and local Harbor Police.  In 2007, he was assigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, as Force Protection Action Officer for Bahrain, Kuwait, and Iraq, providing support for over 200 port visits and numerous exercises.  He also served as Executive Protection Division Officer and Physical Security Officer.  In 2008, LCDR Taylor attended the 235th Session of the FBI National Academy.

From 2008 to 2010, LCDR Taylor was assigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces as the Surface Force Security Officer, where he managed the antiterrorism program, and implemented training requirements, for U.S. Navy ships stationed worldwide and throughout the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In the middle of his tour at Naval Surface Forces, LCDR Taylor was assigned to a 14-month Global War on Terrorism individual augmentee assignment performing duties as Camp Commander of Camp 6, Joint Detention Group, Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  LCDR Taylor led a 250 person guard force for the largest and highest visibility detention camp at JTF Guantanamo.

LCDR Taylor’s current assignment is Fleet Antiterrorism Director on the staff of Commander, U. S. Third Fleet where he directs day-to-day fleet antiterrorism operations, coordinates all aspects of port security planning and monitors safe execution of thousands of security operations in numerous ports within a 50 million square mile area of operations.

In December of 2013, LCDR Taylor will be reporting to his next assignment as Security, Antiterrorism,  and Law Enforcement Department Head for USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), home-ported in San Diego, CA.

Officer Latinette has worked for the El Cajon Police Department since December of 2008. She worked in the patrol division for 3 years before her current assignment in the Special Enforcement Division, Gang Street Team (GST) in 2012. GST is a uniformed assignment tasked with proactive gang enforcement. Prior to working at ECPD, Officer Latinette worked at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department as a Detentions Deputy Sheriff.

 

Latinette Tabitha off of the year 2012Officer Tabitha Latinette

During 2012, Officer Latinette and her partner, Officer Steven Breakall were the lead investigators on several major crimes, many of which resulted in awards and citations. They were awarded Officers of the Month in April 2012, for their investigative involvement in a gang related assault, which resulted in serious injury to the victim. They were also instrumental during the investigation of a gang related shooting. They received a Class ‘C’ Commendation in July 2012, for investigating a complex gang related attack, during which an elderly male victim was assaulted by five subjects for no apparent reason. In October 2012, they responded to a report of a shooting in El Cajon where a suspect fired several rounds towards a crowd, striking one victim in the leg. In each of these cases, their investigation efforts resulted in the recovery of firearms and apprehension of related suspects.

The Gang Street Team’s goal is to address violent street gangs and drug-related violence through the establishment of long-term and proactive strategies.  Officers Latinette and Breakall embody the Department’s philosophy of effective community partnerships and desire to make a positive difference.

 

Officer ZwibelOfficer Ed Zwibel

Officer Ed Zwibel has been with the San Diego Police Department for over 15 years.  He has worked Western Division, Eastern Division and is currently assigned to the Media Relations Unit.

During the past year, Officer Zwibel was a part of a team that significantly reduced the number of false burglary alarm calls.  The success of this project was accomplished through an in-depth analysis with an innovative response that included education, flyers, volunteers and technology.   The project was featured at the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference.

On June 11, 2012, Officer Zwibel became the Community Relations Officer (CRO) coordinator for the Department.  Officer Zwibel was tasked with bringing SDPD into the social media realm.   He organized a group effort that created nine separate Facebook accounts, two Twitter feeds, a YouTube channel and Nixel.   This required training a large cadre of people who had limited experience with these types of platforms.  Due to Officer Zwibel’s efforts, the Department’s online following is comparable to other major cities.

Officer Zwibel worked on a project to install free solar lighting in neighborhoods where needed.   This required collaboration and coordination with non-profit Rebuilding Together San Diego (RTSD), all CROs and various politicians.  The project was so successful that RTSD had to hire additional staff.  To date, additional lighting has been placed at over 1,000 homes.

 

Ruiz ThereseOfficer Therese Ruiz

As a 7-year veteran of the Escondido Police Department, Officer Therese Ruiz brings a great deal of experience to her position.  She is well respected by peers, both for her capabilities in the field as well as her altruistic approach to community service.  Officer Ruiz is heavily involved in law enforcement related, civic organizations, among them the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Escondido Cadet/Explorer POST.

In addition to her regular duties as a Patrol Officer, Officer Ruiz is the proud mother of an increasingly active 9-month old boy.  Though these responsibilities, alone, might cause one to crave a little “down time”, Officer Ruiz has instead stayed true to her self-imposed commitment to the PAL and Cadet Programs, volunteering countless hours to those causes.

Officer Ruiz serves as mentor and Department liaison to hundreds of kids who rotate through the PAL Program on an annual basis.  She is an integral part of that program’s Safety Academy, raising awareness about the existence and perils of gangs and how best to inoculate one’s self from those very real threats.  Officer Ruiz accompanies PAL kids on community excursions to the San Diego Charger’s and Padre’s Camps, giving them an opportunity to interact with pro athletes on a personal level.  Officer Ruiz understands that the real value of these types of outings lies not in the fun surround the event, but rather the mentoring, the guidance, the confidence instilled in each participant.

As an Advisor for the Department’s Cadet Program, Officer Ruiz brings structure and discipline to a group of young men and women contemplating a law enforcement career.  Her eight years of military service as a United States Marine gives her the qualifications to train participants in the area of command presence, military drill, and leadership ethos, among others.  Officer Ruiz recently organized a “team building day” at a local ropes course, where Cadets overcame numerous obstacles designed to test their confidence and overcome their fears.  Officer Ruiz knew this experience would provide Cadets with a “can do” attitude when facing life’s difficult challenges.  They beamed in light of their accomplishments that day, but it was Officer Ruiz who radiated happiness for them.  She has a genuine concern for her young charges and, despite the hectic nature of her professional and personal life, she is always one to be counted on to give her time and talents on behalf of others.

Officer Ruiz’ commitment to the professional and personal development of the youth in our community is worthy of the ASIS Distinguished Award.

 

Bloomberg Brian_0138Deputy Brian Bloomberg

Deputy Brian Bloomberg was hired by the Sheriff’s Department July 21, 2006.  He spent a year at the San Diego Courthouse.  While he was there, it was noted that Courts employees commented to his superiors on multiple occasions that they felt safer with Deputy Bloomberg working there because of his diligence in spotting and detaining criminals before they could enter the building with contraband.   In April of 2007, Deputy Bloomberg transferred to the Encinitas Patrol station where he has received several awards for his participation in different incidents.

In June of 2011, Deputy Bloomberg received a Meritorious Unit Citation for him involvement in the capture of a bank robber who was known to have committed nine robberies.  In March of 2012, he received a Letter of Commendation for his work in 2011 in discovering and investigating a suspect who was ultimately arrested and charged with 51 felonies for having committed fraud to banks of more than $900, 000 and included over 10,000 victims.  Deputy Bloomberg also received a Meritorious Unit Citation for his work with the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, a collateral assignment that requires an attention to detail, selflessness, dedication and skill.

In December of 2011, Deputy Bloomberg transferred to the Terrorism Early Warning Unit (TEW.  Additionally, he has received recognition from his peers and supervisor for his involvement with the LECC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit’s Metal Theft Task Force Working Group for developing strong public and private relationships.

 

Border Comm Officer CeasarOfficer Christopher Ceaser

Officer Ceaser was born on September 22, 1972 in Gary, Indiana and right after high school, he served a total of 7 years active duty in The United States Navy and 3 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. While serving in the Navy, Officer Ceaser was assigned as an Operation Specialist, during which time he became an air intercept controller- controlling all types of fighter jets, a navy group paced instructor, teaching a variety of subjects to hundreds of sailors. He was a curriculum developer, drafting lessons plans for other instructors. He earned numerous awards while serving in the U.S. Navy. After concluding his military service, Officer Ceaser served 3.5 years as a San Diego County Sheriff Deputy. During this time Officer Ceaser earned a Sheriff’s commendation for saving the life of a choking victim. In August of 2000, Officer Ceaser graduated from the CHP academy and became a proud Officer of the California Highway Patrol.

Throughout Officer Ceaser’s 13 year career, he has been assigned to three field commands, including Santa Ana, El Cajon and Oceanside. While assigned to those field offices, he exemplified his strong work ethic and commitment to the Department. He was assigned a variety of duties including, Drug Recognition Expert, Explorer Post Advisor, Evidence/ Court Officer and Officer in Charge, in the absence of a supervisor.  Officer Ceaser is currently assigned to the Border Communication Center as a Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Coordinator.

As an FSP Coordinator, Officer Ceaser is responsible for the direct and functional supervision of 35 FSP trucks and drivers.  He is required to act as supervisor to the FSP drivers by maintaining oversight and control.  Officer Ceaser conducts background checks, is involved in the initial and ongoing training of drivers, routinely inspects tow trucks and investigates citizen complaints on the drivers. He regularly attends SanDAG, Caltrans, and community meetings, while being a direct representative of the Department.  As an FSP coordinator, Officer Ceaser ensures the FSP program and drivers are held to a high standard and provide the highest level of service to the motoring public under the CHP name. Officer Ceaser awards the drivers that demonstrate exceptional service to the public with a plaque and an embroidered FSP vest. Officer Ceaser does his best to assist his fellow Officers in the course of their duties. He often responds to investigate traffic collisions, has assisted and has been incident commander at major incidents, such as hazardous material scenes, major felony arrest, fatal traffic collisions, and he still has time to aggressively enforce the vehicle code in his attempt to reduce the mileage death rate.

Although the FSP Coordinator is a full-time position, Officer Ceaser remains very active in various other assignments within the Department as well as in the community.  Officer Ceaser’s dedication to the Department is exemplified as a proud member of the Honor Guard and has on many occasions participated in various events like recognition dinners, luncheons, and memorial services. He is a member of The Critical Incident Investigation Team and has responded to several Officer involved shooting scenes to assist with the investigation.

Officer Ceaser is active in the community and volunteered as a deacon at his church.  He often coordinated and participated in numerous functions which provided food, clothing, money and aid to underprivileged families and individuals within the church and surrounding community. Officer Ceaser volunteered to hand out bread to the community and on various Saturdays, he helped to collect and distribute clothing to those-in-need. Officer Ceaser was instrumental in helping the church put on free plays and events for the community by setting up scenes, acting in the plays, and leading large waves of people through different scenes while narrating.

Regardless of his role, on and off duty, Officer Ceaser exemplifies “CHP PRIDE.”  Officer Ceaser is truly an asset to the Department and the community. Because of his commitment to duty and providing the highest level of “Safety, Service and Security,” Border Communication Center is proud to nominate Officer Chris Ceaser as the Border Division Officer of the year!