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 March 25th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputy Gonsalves named Palm Beach Post Officer of the Year
 
Deputy Gonsalves has been named 2007 Palm Beach Post Distinguished Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in Crime Prevention for the Treasure Coast.

“Deputy Gonsalves has developed the unique skills of producing , photographing and editing video presentations about the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “He has learned this craft on his own, and he has put his talents to use in the service of the public.”

Deputy Gonsalves has developed a pro-active crime prevention initiative by creating a series of public service announcements and recording parts of the 10-8 Show that airs on St. Lucie County Television.

These public service announcements address crime trends and give people a series of preventative measures to make their homes and property safe.

Deputy Gonsalves does not have any formal training in videography or editing. He is self-taught and spends countless hours during his off time researching and learning all he can to produce quality work. Professionals who have seen his work are amazed at the quality.

Additionally, he has several other responsibilities within the crime prevention unit. He attends many of the homeowners’ association meetings as a liaison for Sheriff Mascara. During the year 2007, he attended 53 homeowners meetings, five neighborhood watch meetings, 3 Citizens Observation Patrol meetings and gave several presentations to civic organizations.

Gary is often placed in charge of the office during Sgt. Richard Ziarkowski’s absence. Deputy Gonsalves’ 23 years of experience and knowledge of crime prevention have been of great assistance to the crime prevention unit and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

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