FFRF Names Orlando Police Department Officer Rebecca Rivera as its 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) recently announced the winners of its annual law enforcement officer of the year awards. Officer Rebecca Rivera of the City of Orlando Police Department was selected as the 2018 Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY). Selected as the Runners-Up were FDLE Special Agent Tatiana Miguel and United States Secret Service Agent Logan Workman. All were recognized, in part, for their work in preventing organized retail crime, and were honored at a prestigious law enforcement awards dinner held in Orlando.

“It’s impossible to truly show how much Florida’s retail industry values and appreciates our law enforcement officers, but we hope by highlighting the impact these worthy recipients have on our member businesses, their employees and their customers, is one small way we can show our appreciation,” said FRF President & CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We are extremely grateful to Officer Rivera and Special Agents Miguel and Workman for the sacrifice they make every single day, and we thank them for keeping us safe.”

Officer Rivera received a cash award, a number of gift cards from FRF member retailers and a custom-crafted medallion and plaque, in addition to her name being added to an official plaque that lists each LEOY recipient since the program’s inception in 1974.

Officer Rebecca Rivera is an 8-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department. In her time on the I-Drive bike squad, Officer Rivera has been instrumental in the squad’s proactive enforcement of retail and economic crime. She is recognized by her peers for her performance, initiative, and dedication to her work. Officer Rivera’s diligence, keen skills, investigative tenacity, and use of surveillance resulted in a significant increase in retail theft arrests. Officer Rivera routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist International Drive businesses in crime prevention, investigation, and the apprehension of criminals.

Special Agent Miguel is a 15-year veteran of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and has been serving the State of Florida for 32 years. She is currently assigned to the Miami Regional Operations Center. Her past assignments with FDLE included economic crimes, internet crimes against children, domestic security, and public integrity. Special Agent Miguel has also served as an Organized Crime Intelligence Agent for the Palm Beach/ Broward/ Miami-Dade region.

Special Agent Workman is a 3-year veteran of the United States Secret Service assigned to the Miami Field Office and has been instrumental in a number of significant fraud investigations affecting retailers leading to numerous federal arrests and convictions.

Special Agent Miguel along with Special Agent Logan Workman were honored together for their work on "Operation Benefactor.” Together, their efforts led to the arrests of 14 individuals in a case with a financial impact of $2.5 million with ties to ongoing federal investigations totaling in excess of $20 million.

The LEOY Award was created in 1974 to encourage support of Florida’s outstanding law enforcement community. The award recognizes the selflessness, professionalism and tireless dedication of Florida’s law enforcement officers. This award has been presented to 44 individuals who embodied the epitome of excellence in law enforcement. Additionally, hundreds of outstanding officers have been honored through nominations and other special recognitions in association with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards program.

Past Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Winners

2010 LEOY Winner
Officer Rebecca Rivera of the Orlando, Florida Police Department
Orlando Police
2017 LEOY Winner
Detective Sandra Marquez of the City of Aventura Police Department
Aventura Police
2016 LEOY Winner
Investigator Jayson Paul of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Volusia Sheriff
2015 LEOY Winner
Detective Jason Friday of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Sarasota Sheriff
2014 LEOY Winner
Detective Miguel Garcia of the Miami-Dade Police Department
Miami Dade Police
2013 LEOY Winner
Sgt. Richard Rossman of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Broward Sheriff
2012 LEOY Winner
Detective Sebastian Monros of the Miami-Dade Police Department
Miami Dade Police
2011 LEOY Winner
Detective Scott Frantz of the Daytona Beach Police Department
Daytona Beach Police
2010 LEOY Winner
Detective John Tritt of the Orlando, Florida Police Department
Orlando Police
2009 LEOY Winner
Special Agent (SA) Terry Corn of the FDLE
2008 LEOY Winner
Detective James Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Polk Sheriff
2007 LEOY Winner
Detective Sgt. Daniel J. Carron of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Pinellas Sheriff
2006 LEOY Winner
2006 LEOY Winner
Detective Sgt. James R. Contento of the Tampa Police Department
Tampa Police