NEW PORT RICHEY — Detective Allen Proctor investigates some of the most heinous crimes in Pasco County, including murders, aggravated batteries, sexual batteries and robberies.
And last year he posted a 97 percent clearance rate, a remarkably high level of solved cases.
Citing Proctor's diligence in seeking justice for the victims of those crimes, Pasco Sheriff Bob White named him the 2011 Detective of the Year.
Proctor has been a major crimes detective since 1995, which makes him one of the most experienced detectives in the agency. He has investigated more than 2,080 cases, including 29 homicides, more than 300 aggravated batteries, nearly 190 sexual batteries and about 275 robberies.
He is the lead on most bank robbery cases in east Pasco, and he was instrumental in creating the Pasco County Bankers Coalition in 2006. This coalition is focused on training bank employees to spot fraud and how to respond if they are faced with a robbery to their bank.
The agency commended Proctor for his efforts to solve cases that have gone cold. Last February, for instance, he focused on a 2006 case of a man shot and killed outside a Dade City nightclub.
He and a fellow detective made several trips to Georgia to interview witnesses and ultimately obtained a confession.
The State Attorney's Office determined the case was a justifiable homicide.
Others honored Saturday at the Pasco sheriff's employees of the year awards ceremony were:
Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year: Deputy pilot John Perez of the aviation unit. Perez is responsible for purchasing, training, safety and repairs in the aviation unit. He also performed a lengthy audit of the multiaircraft hangar and a current status of the unit's state and federal programs.
He has been with the agency since 1988 and served as a patrol deputy and an aviation tactical flight observer before becoming a deputy pilot.
Detention Deputy of the Year: Deputy Matthew Aulicino, who was hired at the Land O'Lakes jail in 2006. As part of his job, he conducts disciplinary hearings for inmates accused of violating facility rules.
Sustained violation penalties include confinement, loss of privileges and loss of gain time for sentenced inmates. Aulicino ensures inmates are given due process in disciplinary matters, which helps to sustain control in the jail, the Sheriff's Office said. He also has provided training to other disciplinary hearing officers as well as disciplinary investigations for members of his platoon.
Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year: Deputy Paul Downey, who was honored for his professionalism and dedication in honing the skills of new deputies. Downey has trained more than 25 new deputies in the past three years, showing them the ropes beyond what they learned in the classroom, the Sheriff's Office said. During exit interviews, Downey's trainees speak highly of his instruction, professionalism and dedication to ensuring deputies are ready for the job.
Downey assisted last week with the traffic stop in which Jason Wilson shot at a New Port Richey police officer. Downey yelled that Wilson had a gun, allowing Sgt. Erik Jay to move out of the line of fire. The officers returned fire, killing Wilson. None of the officers were hurt.
Detention Field Training Officer of the Year: Deputy Ronald Cain, who trained nine new jail deputies last year. Cain joined the agency in 2006, and supervisors praised his communication skills and patience working with trainees. The Sheriff's Office said his attention to detail, positive attitude and documentation skills are outstanding and are the textbook example of what a field training officer should be.
Civilian of the Year: Amiee Heinemann, a criminal analyst with the Sex Offender Unit who has been with the agency more than 10 years. In addition to helping register and monitor more than 750 sex offenders in Pasco, Heinemann handles paperwork that frees up detectives to spend more time in the field, completing address verifications of sexual offenders and quickly investigating possible absconders.
Last year, she helped save the agency about $16,000 by identifying a less expensive sex offender website monitoring program.