Tampa detective is honored as state's officer of the year for '06

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 11:30 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — A Tampa police detective who led a crackdown on juvenile crime in shopping malls Wednesday won Florida's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2006.

Attorney General Bill McCollum presented the award to Sgt. James R. Contento during a ceremony that also recognized 12 other nominees.

McCollum praised Contento for building partnerships between police and the public.

Responding to a wave of juvenile crime at malls, he worked with retailers and coordinated a team of crime prevention, undercover, mounted patrol and bicycle officers to cut serious offenses in targeted areas by more than 25 percent.

Contento is the fourth annual recipient of the award from the attorney general's office.

State and local officers are eligible for the award.

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