Thursday, January 10, 2013

Recognizing Individual Accomplishments

During last night’s monthly Public Safety Council Meeting, the Overland Park Police Department took a few moments to congratulate a couple of its members who had recently been recognized for their accomplishments.

Detective Byron Pierce started with the police department in 1993 and is approaching 20 years of service in law enforcement. He has worked in the Investigations Division for the past 17 years and is currently assigned as a detective in the Financial Crimes Unit. During his tenure in the unit, Detective Pierce has developed an expertise in the investigation of financial crimes.

Last month, Detective Pierce was awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2012 by the Kansas & Missouri Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

The IAFCI is a non-profit international organization, comprised of law enforcement and loss prevention professionals, working to eradicate fraudulent financial transactions and apprehend and prosecute lawbreakers.

In May 2011, Byron was honored by the US Postal Service for his work on a nationwide task force which led to the arrests of 38 people involving 10,000 credit card accounts which had been compromised, resulting in over $20 million in losses. The defendants were charged with participating in conspiracies to operate fraudulent markets for the sale of airline tickets purchased with stolen credit card and identity information.

Because of his work on the case mentioned above, Detective Pierce, along with the members of the task force, was recognized as a co-recipient of the 2011 Chase Bank IAFCI (International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators) Task Force of the Year Award.

Detective Billy McGuire began his career with OPPD in 1987 (25 yrs) and has worked in the Investigations Division for the past six years. During the last five years he’s been assigned with the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) as a forensic investigator.

Recently, Detective McGuire's peers at the RCFL recognized him as Examiner of the Year for 2012. He also was recognized for Most Completed Work in 2012, having conducted 78 computer exams.

Please join us in congratulating Detectives Pierce and McGuire on their accomplishments.