The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month”for March 2014 is Detective Mercy Noel who is assigned to the Investigative Section. Detective Noel has been a member of the North Miami Police Department for thirteen years. Detective Noel is recognized for his hard work and dedication to the City of North Miami Police Department. He was nominated by Sergeant Angelo Brinson for the following case: On November 29, 2013, units responded to 14895 NE 18 Avenue in reference to shots being fired and multiple persons hit. Patrol units arrived on the scene and observed that two males had been shot.
One victim was pronounced dead on the scene, and the second was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Detective Noel quickly responded to the scene and took over the investigation.
After ensuring that all of the victims and witnesses were accounted for, Detective Noel began the arduous task of coordinating several different investigations that took place on the scene and elsewhere. He observed and assisted the crime scene technicians as they performed their duties. He contacted and coordinated with the State Attorney’s Office and worked alongside the Assistant State Attorney who responded to the scene. He contacted the Medical Examiner’s Office and likewise observed and assisted in their investigation. Detective Noel took part in the area canvass by knocking on doors and speaking with residents, looking for additional information on the case.
After coordinating with the officers at the hospital, and getting pertinent details from the surviving victim, Detective Noel took on the task of officially notifying the mother of the victim that her child had been killed.
After completing all of the required tasks on the scene, Detective Noel responded to the station to begin interviewing the witnesses from the scene of the shooting. The subject was identified and taken into custody within twenty-four hours. Even after the arrest, Detective Noel continued to dedicate his time to make sure that all evidence was properly organized to ensure a conviction.
There were many individuals who took part in the investigation but as the lead investigator, Detective Noel, is to be commended for his part in successfully taking a violent offender off the streets.
Detective Mercy Noel was chosen as Officer of the Month for March 2014 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held quarterly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:00 Noon.