The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for April 2013 is Officer Kevin Crespo, who is assigned to the Patrol Division, Day shift. He was nominated by Sergeant Walter Sidd for his quick thinking, drive and determination. Officer Crespo is one of our rookie Police Officers and has been with the Department for six months. He was nominated for the following case:
On April 3, 2013, Officer Kevin Crespo responded to the area of North Miami City Hall on a call of a vehicle burglary in progress. Responding rapidly and using the landmarks to hide his approach, Officer Crespo was able to observe the subject inside a vehicle. Officer Crespo attempted to give verbal commands to the burglar. However, upon seeing law enforcement officers, the suspect fled through the highly congested downtown area and into the residential neighborhood just to the north.
Officer Crespo gave foot chase and called out the description of the suspect, as well as his direction of travel, during the foot pursuit that spanned several city blocks. When requested by dispatch to set up a perimeter, Officer Crespo knew exactly where he was and he set up a perimeter instantly. After several units established the perimeter, Officer Crespo requested K-9 for assistance. Upon the arrival of the K-9 unit, Officer Crespo was able to lead the handler to the last seen location of the fleeing suspect.
The assailant was captured immediately and placed into custody without further incident. Post arrest, the victim was located and found to be a City of North Miami employee. The employee’s property, valued at over $600.00 was located and returned to her. Officer Crespo successfully handled an in progress felony call to completion with both poise and confidence beyond his tenure. Officer Crespo’s intelligence and physical stamina attributed to the successful closure of this serious crime.
Officer Crespo’s drive and determination make him an asset to this Department. He deserves recognition for his accomplishments and should be commended for his actions.
Officer Crespo was chosen as Officer of the Month for April 2013 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.