On Friday, May 1, 2015 several officers from the Fort Myers Police Department were honored by Southwest Florida Mothers Against Drunk Driving for various accomplishments in the fight to eliminate drinking and driving. MADD’s Program Specialist Lori Burke presented the officers with a certificate and challenge coin as part of their Law Enforcement and Community Recognition Program.
Officer Lesa Breneman of the FMPD’s traffic unit was honored for her outstanding dedication to driving under the influence enforcement. Officer Breneman is the only Drug Recognition Expert at FMPD and made 59 DUI arrests in 2014 while conducting 11 DRE evaluations. Officer Breneman is a traffic homicide investigator and works tirelessly towards the prosecution of DUI manslaughter and serious injury cases. Officer Breneman has a 100% conviction rate on death cases involving impairment. Additionally Officer Breneman serves as the agency’s lead DUI instructor who certified 15 officers in DUI enforcement and detection in 2014.
Officer Gustavo Goncalves was also honored for his achievements in driving under the influence enforcement. Officer Goncalves is the newest member of FMPD’s traffic unit. Even though Officer Goncalves was in training for the first two months of 2014 he still made 32 DUI arrests. Officer Goncalves attended a DUI instructor school and is committed to helping newer officers learn to enforce impaired driving offenses.
K9 Officer William Schulte and K9 Partner Zeus were honored for their efforts to locate and detect drugs during motor vehicle stops. Officer Schulte and K9 Zeus conducted a total of 83 free air sniffs on motor vehicle stops which resulted in 71 drug related arrests in 2014. In addition to the arrests and drug confiscations from motor vehicle stops Officer Schulte personally made two DUI arrests in 2014.
Please join us in congratulating all our award recipients.
Lieutenant Victor Medico
Public Information Officer
Fort Myers Police Department
2210 Widman Way
Fort Myers, Florida 33901