1982 – 2002 Fort Lauderdale Police Department Detective (retired)
2002 to present President, Investigator, Palazzo Investigations Inc.
AWARDS: 24 Public Commendations 25 Departmental Commendations Officer of the Month – November 1988 Development Award - Riverside Park Neighborhood Residents Association - July 1990 Department Life Saving Award – November 1993 Service Above Self – Rotary Club – January 1995 Officer of the Month - August 1999 Honorable Mention – Officer of the Month – June 2002
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES: 1982 – State of Florida Certified Police Officer (Retired) 1988 – PADI Certified Master Diver 2006 – State of Florida Insurance Agent, Life, Health and Variable Annuity 2006 – U.S. Merchant Marine Officer – 50 Ton Master Captain 2007 – State of Florida Licensed Private Investigator/Agency
1982 – 2002 Fort Lauderdale Police Department
2001 – 2002 Detective: Violent Crimes Division – Investigated all robbery offenses as well as aggravated assault/battery offenses with special attention on suspects using firearms. Special focus on apprehension of career criminals, violent offenders and convicted felons. Worked closely with federal agencies and sought federal prosecution for maximum penalties provided by law.
1999 – 2001 Detective: Economic Crimes Division – Investigated all fraud, theft, credit card and embezzlement crimes. Became division expert in credit card crimes and was assigned all reported cases. Worked closely with other jurisdictions and agencies as well as banks, finance companies and retail establishments domestically and internationally.
1988 – 1999 Detective: Homicide Division – Investigated suspicious and accidental, suicidal and homicidal deaths as well as officer involved shootings. Also investigated all missing persons where foul play was suspected, battery on law enforcement officers and kidnappings. During tenure as assigned case lead Detective, successfully solved and prosecuted 91 of 104 homicide cases. Designated unit expert regarding all scuba diving death and drowning investigations.
1987 - 1988 Detective: Burglary Division – Investigated residential, commercial and hotel/motel burglaries. Specializing in suspect identification, evidence recovery and criminal prosecution. Managed a caseload of approximately 60-80 cases monthly.
1984 – 1987 Field Training Officer: Educational in-service training to new officers and recent Police Academy graduates through hands-on patrol officer response.
1982 – 1984 Patrol Officer: Responsible for responding to all calls for service. Conducted preliminary investigations. Provided crime control for neighborhoods in both uniform, plain clothes and undercover capacity.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS: 1995 – 2002 Crisis Negotiations Unit: Responded to all SWAT call-outs, as well as other volatile situations in which individuals presented a danger to the community and/or themselves by threat or actions of extreme hostility. Attempted to de-escalate situations by establishing communication with the threatening individual. Became designated as “Senior Investigative Negotiator” in 1999.
1988 – 1992 Police Dive Team: Highly trained in the area of underwater search and recovery of evidence and victims. Certified as PADI Master Diver and numerous related certifications.
1984 – 1990 Instructor: Member of in-house training team providing department training in “High Speed Pursuit and Defensive Driving” instruction to all sworn officers. Also Assistant Instructor at Broward County Criminal Justice Institute providing training to police academy recruits in “Critical Patrol Tactics” and “Officer Safety Course”.