By Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs Police has announced their 2019 Supervisor of the Year Award winner, Sergeant Jonathan Banke.
A supervisor of burglary enforcement and reduction (BEAR) and overseeing the special operations component, Sgt Banke has demonstrated consistent exemplary supervision and leadership to both the department and the community.
According to a statement from Coral Springs Police, Sgt Banke has brought many innovations to his unit to drastically reduce vehicle burglaries and residential burglaries in the city. Since Sgt Banke became supervisor of BEAR in late 2018, he took immediate steps to build team chemistry and work with other units to improve communication. These steps were the foundation for the accomplishments that were achieved this year.
He has been instrumental in acquiring and implementing strategies that have proved to be integral to many vehicle burglary investigations that would otherwise be unsolved.
These strategies reduced the number of vehicle burglaries in a specific location from several in a week to one or two a month and impacting the number of overall vehicle burglaries for the year.
Working diligently worked with both supervisors within the agency but also with multiple outside, jurisdictions through with the South Florida Burglary Task Force. In the past year, residential burglary has dropped 22 percent compared to the previous year. This is the second year in a row that the burglary rate has dropped.
Vehicle burglaries also came down from last year’s numbers while other agencies saw increases in numbers. Sergeant Banke’s unit has been a huge asset in several cases including the apprehension of a murder suspect. There is no question the positive steps made for our City because of the BEAR unit are in part due to the willingness of the supervisor to support and encourage his officers to participate.
Sergeant Banke has dedicated himself to the reduction of crime within the city through innovation and leadership. He has inspired those under his command to do more and to take pride in making the city safer. He has also managed to do this while having another child and completing a master’s degree.
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