Sunday, May 19, 2013

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Agent Honored by Anti Defamation League



Orange County Sheriff’s Office Agent Honored by Anti Defamation League for Hate and Domestic Terror Investigation   The ADL proudly honors Kelly Boaz, Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office Agent and Assistant Bomb Commander with the ADL Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for 2012. Past recipients of the Award include Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw of the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, Sergeant Barry Mankes of the Miami-Dade Police Department and SheriffsTV own Captain Rick Wierzbicki(Ret) formerly of the Broward County Sheriffs Office Hate Crimes/Anti Bias Task Force. The ADL has trained over tens of thousands of federal, state and local agents on issues concerning domestic terrorism, hate crimes, and diversity. In 2008, Agent Boaz participated in the ADL’s two-day law enforcement symposium in Tampa on Global Terrorism, Domestic Extremism, and the Dark Side of the Sunshine State in cooperation with other federal law enforcement agencies. In 2012, Agent Boaz went undercover to investigate individuals suspected of being involved in domestic terrorism residing in the Orlando area. The suspects were involved in a motorcycle gang known for violence and Agent Boaz played the role of a associate biker. In the course of the investigation, Agent Boaz successfully detonated a explosive to prove his worth to their cause. The suspects also threatened to do bodily harm to other public officials. Due to the work of Agent Boaz and his back up team, the investigation publicly exposed the leadership and organization of a Florida based racist skinhead group. The investigation also led to the arrest of more than a dozen suspects aligned with the white supremacist movement. The ADL proudly recognizes Agent Boaz for all his efforts in preserving life and property.   

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