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Employee of the Quarter
Officer Greg Gardner - 2nd Quarter 2015

Officer GardnerOfficer Gregory Gardner is a forty (40) year veteran of the law enforcement profession.  He began his career with the City of Fort Lauderdale in 1975.  After a twenty-five (25) year career as a police officer with their agency, Officer Gardner joined our force in 2000 where he has worked in road patrol ever since.  Officer Gardner’s law enforcement experience is second to none in our Agency and our residents have been the recipient of his professional public service since his arrival.  Officer Gardner understands the importance of providing a professional and competent service to the members of our community and he especially understands the never ending need to improve community relations.

In September 2014 our Agency assigned Officer Gardner as a permanent acting sergeant on our day shift, and this was his assignment during this quarter.  Officer Gardner was tasked with the supervision of officers to ensure they were fulfilling the requirements of their position to the standards of our Agency.  This oversight entailed mentoring less experienced officers and providing them with a foundation for continued development.  Officer Gardner efficiently and effectively assigned his troops to conduct directed patrols related to traffic safety, property crime suppression and community policing.  These tasks were completed to our standards and he had the ability to submit after action reports that showed our agencies accomplishments during these proactive endeavors.  

Above all of this, Officer Gardner led his officers by example.  He consistently displayed his flexibility when he was needed to work additional hours on short notice, he accepted additional projects, he volunteered at this year’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Tip-a-Cop event and he was able to professionally resolve issues with citizens who may have been dissatisfied with the actions of our personnel.  Officer Gardner’s compassion for our City’s residents and his commitment to improving public relations is an example all officers in our agency shall follow.          

Overall, Officer Gardner’s commitment to satisfying the requirements of his acting sergeant position is very appreciated by this agency and our members.  His leadership allowed for stability amongst his officers and our agency.  It is because of Officer Gardner’s dedication to his chosen profession, our residents and our agency that he is awarded with the David Dodson Officer of the Quarter award – 2nd Quarter 2015 award.  CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE! 

Paul O'Connell
Chief of Police