Command Staff

Assistant Chief Of Police Gary Blocker


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Assistant Chief Blocker webAssistant Chief Blocker joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in October 1996 as a civilian employee where he worked as a Desk Officer and Police Service Aide. In September 1998, Assistant Chief Blocker attended the 190th session of the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. Assistant Chief Blocker has served in Road Patrol, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Detective, Multiple Agency Gang Task Force, Drug Detection Canine Handler, Detective Bureau, Marine Patrol, Patrol Sergeant, Code Compliance Supervisor, Detective Sergeant, and Operations Commander.  Assistant Chief Blocker has supervised the Operations Division since April 2013 and he considers this division his "true passion" as "Operations is the backbone of any law enforcement agency and the positive impact we must have in our community is paramount." 

Assistant Chief Blocker has been selected as the Agency's Officer of the Quarter four times, he has been the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award twice and he was selected as the Department's Officer of the Year in 2012.

Assistant Chief Blocker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University.  He is a graduate of the 263rd Session of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates. Assistant Chief Blocker is an associate member of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association. 

Training Sergeant Biagio Balistreri

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Sgt. BalistreriSergeant Balistreri joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in November 1995 as a civilian employee where he worked as a Desk Officer and Police Service Aide. In January 1998 Sergeant Balistreri attended the 187th session of Sgt. Balistrerithe Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. Sergeant Balistreri has served in Road Patrol, Traffic Unit, Marine Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, Broward County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Detective Bureau, Code Compliance Supervisor and Criminal Investigations Sergeant. 

Sergeant Balistreri currently supervises our Training Unit and he is focused on developing and providing advanced continuing training and education to the members of the Wilton Manors Police Department. Sergeant Balistreri is also responsible for cadet officers and our Field Training Program.

Sergeant Balistreri is currently attending Vincennes University in his endeavor to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Sergeant Balistreri has been the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award and the Officer of the Quarter Award. 

Detective Sergeant Frank Pilewski

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SGT Pilewski
his four (4) plus years with the department, he was assigned to various units including Court
 Security, Inmate Transportation and he assisted the Fugitive/Warrant Unit. Sergeant Pilewski left the Union County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 to pursue a law enforcement career in South Florida. 

Sergeant Pilewski began his career with the Wilton Manors Police Department in October 2005 as a Desk Officer and he was quickly promoted to Road Patrol Officer in 2006. During this time he served the Agency as a Field Training Officer, Marine Patrol Officer and a PBA Representative before being assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2008 . During his time as a Detective, Sergeant Pilewski worked various criminal investigations which included death investigations, property crimes, violent crimes and economic crimes.

Sergeant Pilewski has been selected as the Agency’s Officer of the Quarter twice, he has been awarded with the Meritorious Service Award and he was selected as our 2007 Officer of the Year.

Road Patrol Sergeant Rick Shawver

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Sgt. ShawverSergeant Shawver began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Lauderdale by the Sea Police Department. During his tenure as a patrol officer, Sergeant Shawver was the recipient of several public commendations and the Agency’s Meritorious ServiceSgt. Shawver Award. He was honored with the Department’s Life Saving Award and a highly distinguishable commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was selected as their Officer of the Month on three occasions and was named their 1987 Officer of the Year. 

In 1990 Sergeant Shawver joined the Wilton Manors Police Department where he has served in road patrol, Field Training Officer, Marine Patrol, Dive Team, Wilton Manors-Oakland Park Narcotics Enforcement Team (W.O.N.E.T.), United States Customs Blue Lightning Strike Force, Detective Bureau and Road Patrol Sergeant. 

Sergeant Shawver has been commended by the members of the public over 100 times and he has been the recipient of our Agency’s Life Saving Award, Meritorious Service Award and the prestigious Combat Cross Award. In addition to those accolades Sergeant Shawver has been recognized as our WMPD Officer of the Quarter of the 3rd Quarter of 2014, WMPD Officer of the Year for 2015, Broward County Chiefs of Police Association - Officer of the Year 2015, and Florida Police Chiefs Association - Officer of the Year 2015.

Road Patrol Sergeant Robert Cohen

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Sgt. Cohen Sergeant Cohen joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in 2002 and attended the 210th Session of the BrowardSgt. Cohen Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. He has served the Agency in Road Patrol, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Unit, Marine Patrol and Street Crimes. Sergeant Cohen was also a member of the Multi-Agency United States Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force. 

Sergeant Cohen was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and where he has served as a road patrol supervisor. 



  

Road Patrol Sergeant Larry Keesling

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Sergeant Keesling started his Law Enforcement career in 1980 as a Reserve Police Officer with
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Sgt. Keesling City of Fort Lauderdale.He attended the 90th session of the Broward County Police Academy in 1982. During his 27 year career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department he served in the following units: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Beach Tactical Officer, Tactical Impact Unit, Marine Unit, Departmental Firearms/Tactical Instructor, Training Unit and Homeland Security Detective. Sergeant Keesling was also a member of the Fort Lauderdale SWAT team for 18 years. Sergeant Keesling has received over 80 departmental and public commendations, 3 lifesaving awards, 4 Unit Citations and in 2008 a Letter of Commendation from FBI Director Robert Mueller regarding Homeland Security issues. He retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in April 2009. 

Sergeant Keesling joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in May 2009 as a Patrol Officer. He has been utilized as a Field Training Officer and Firearms/Tactics Instructor. Sergeant Keesling is a member of the Broward County Active Killer Instructor Training Group whose group’s goal is to make our schools safer and he is currently our Agency’s Range Master.