September 17, 2009
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Two Department of Corrections employees have earned statewide recognition from the Florida Gang Investigators Association for their dedication to the prevention of gang activity in the prison system.
“Our Security Threat Group Unit does a great job of tracking gang members within our prisons and they also alert local law enforcement upon their release from prison. I’m happy to see the Florida Gang Investigators Association values their expertise and professionalism as much as we do,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary McNeil.
DC Security Threat Group Unit Director Michelle Jordan, and Crime Intelligence Analyst Carter Hickman were given the award at the 2009 Annual Training Conference of the Florida Gang Investigators Association in Orlando. On September 16, 2009, Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil presented the plaque to them during an Executive Leadership meeting in Tallahassee. In 2003, Jordan also won the “Gang Investigator of the Year” award from the Florida Gang Investigators Association for her work in this field.
Jordan and Hickman are responsible for developing anti-gang strategies focusing on gang prevention, intervention, suppression and rehabilitation. Jordan, a 19-year DC veteran, and Hickman, a 10-year veteran, use their expertise in labeling and processing known gang members and convey that information, along with the release dates of these inmates, to local law enforcement.
They also collect all gang-related data about inmates when they come into the prison system and enter it into a database that is readily accessible to DC staff. This information, which includes all gang related tattoos, nicknames, and other signs of gang affiliation, is shared with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other law enforcement agencies.
(L to R) Director of the DC’s Security Threat Group Unit Michelle Jordan, Sect. McNeil, Correctional Officer Sergeant Margaret Summers (who accepted the award on behalf of the DC) and Intelligence Analyst Carter Hickman receive their “2009 Gang Unit of the Year” award from Secretary McNeil.