DEPARTMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HONORED
Two law enforcement officers with the Department of Financial Services were among 14 nominees for the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2004. A ceremony was held Tuesday on the steps of the Old Capitol.
Investigator Henry “Tommy” Clark, left, of the Division of Insurance Fraud and Detective Chris Scovotto, right, of the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, were chosen by their fellow officers.
Tallahassee Police Officer Chuck Perry was chosen among the nominees as the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
As the lead investigator in the Jacksonville/Ocala Region, Clark works high-profile, complex cases that often involve coordinating with various state and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2004, he was awarded the Florida Workers’ Compensation Fraud Task Force Outstanding Service Award and a letter of commendation from the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association for his making an arrest and ultimately getting a confession from an employee regarding a theft. His nomination cited him as one of the “more consistent and productive investigators” in the division.
Detective Scovotto is noted for having an arson clearance rate of 62.5 percent, 46 percent above the national average.
Scovotto has been with the North Region of the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations since November 2003, and in his first 12 months he investigated 94 cases and made 29 arrests. One of those cases was an early morning fire on April 16, 2004, that destroyed the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Tallahassee. The value of the damage was estimated at $700,000. Scovotto worked with the agencies of the Leon County Arson Task Force to obtain an arrest warrant within 22 hours of the fire being reported.
In his nomination, his major wrote, “Since his transfer, Detective Scovotto has established an outstanding relationship with representatives of the other agencies in the region.”
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