Officer of the Month May 2012

Detective Brent Hoosac

Jupiter (FL) Police Department

Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has announced the selection of Detective Brent Hoosac of the Jupiter (FL) Police Department as its Officer of the Month for May 2012.
Economic crime refers to illegal acts committed by those who seek a financial or professional advantage—the prevailing motive being economic gain. These illegal activities include fraud, money laundering, burglary, robbery, and sales of stolen property, just to name a few.
Since his appointment to the Jupiter Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Unit more than eight years ago, Detective Hoosac has become the agency’s resident expert in the economic crime field. Due to his level of knowledge in this area, he consistently serves as a resource for agencies in the United States and abroad.
In 2010, Detective Hoosac conducted several investigations relating to high-end residential burglaries, discovering that these burglaries were linked to the same criminal organization which had committed crimes throughout Florida. Working with investigators from multiple jurisdictions, Detective Hoosac was able to identify the organized crime ring of highly skilled and technically advanced burglars.
This team of criminals was proficient in fencing operations, particularly with expensive jewels. After arrests were made, Detective Hoosac continued to work with prosecutors and assist in the arraignments, which helped to identify the exact locations of burglaries by two of the suspects, and culminated with a full confession by the suspects. Due to his unrelenting will to solve these cases, Detective Hoosac closed 14 residential burglaries and a stolen vehicle case. In addition, he played a pivotal role assisting other Florida agencies with cases and helped to solve 60 residential burglaries—totaling more than $15 million.
Other examples of Detective Hoosac’s expert policing involved a bank robbery and also a counterfeiting case. After a local bank was robbed, the suspect attempted to run over a police officer. Detective Hoosac, the lead Investigator, arrested the suspect and also conducted an investigation into a counterfeiting operation. As a result, he executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home and found a large amount of money that the suspect was in the process of making.
Detective Hoosac serves as the Vice President of the Palm Beach Economic Crime Unit (PBECU). Each year the PBECU hosts a seminar in which Detective Hoosac serves as Chairman. Last year’s seminar was attended by approximately 140 investigators from South Florida. Detective Hoosac also facilitates seminars for multiple citizen groups in the area of economic crime prevention and processes videos for the Jupiter (FL.) Police Department, as well as for other local, state and federal agencies on the department’s video enhancement system (AVID). Since 2007, Detective Hoosac has processed over 150 videos. Over his career, he has received numerous awards including two lifesaving awards.
Located in the nation’s capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Program began in September 1996 and recognizes federal, state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.
Detective Brent Hoosac, along with the other Officers of the Month for 2012, will be honored at a special awards luncheon in Washington, DC in May 2013 during National Police Week. In addition, their stories of heroism and service will be featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.
Police Unity Tour
The Police Unity Tour is the official sponsor of the Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Program.