The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for January 2014 is Officer Brian Becker who is assigned to the Patrol Section, Day Shift. Officer Becker has been a member of the North Miami Police Department for six years. Officer Becker is recognized for his hard work and dedication to the City of North Miami Police Department. He was nominated by Sergeant Kessler Brooks for the following case: On December 9, 2013, while on patrol, Officer Brian Becker observed a newer model, black Chevy in the area of N.E. 137 Street with an obstructed tag.
Upon positioning himself behind the vehicle for a closer inspection, Officer Becker discovered that the Florida tag had been handwritten. Officer Becker conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for further investigation into the improper tag. A records check revealed a “HIT” for a felony out of Broward County.
Officer Becker immediately contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Detective Valderrama who advised that he had an interest in that vehicle which may have been used in a robbery and contained latent prints within it. Officer Becker then took the initiative to request a hold on the vehicle for evidentiary purposes and further investigation.
Officer Brian Becker’s continued investigation of the vehicle and the driver, revealed that North Miami Beach Police Detectives and Detectives from the Miami-Dade County Police Department were also interested in questioning the subject in connection to multiple robberies in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the subject’s driving record indicated nine suspensions and was actively suspended at the time of Becker’s stop. The subject was arrested for driving with a suspended license and was subsequently questioned by the above agencies.
Officer Brian Becker’s diligence in investigating what may have otherwise been considered a “simple traffic stop” resulted in locating a multiple robbery subject which would have been free to commit additional felonies.
Officer Brian Becker was chosen as Officer of the Month for January 2014 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held quarterly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:00 Noon.