The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for February 2012 are Officers Ralph Diaz and Brian Becker, who are currently assigned to the Uniform Patrol Section, Day shift. Sergeant Guillermo Prieto nominated them for their hard work and dedication in the following case:
On February 6, 2012, Officers Diaz and Becker were proactively patrolling the Westside and observed a subject hanging out on a corner, looking around. Because of the high number of burglaries in the area, they set up strategically to watch the subject. A second subject then appeared, met with the first subject briefly, then disappeared into the side yard of a nearby house. Officers Diaz and Becker seeing this approached the first subject and conducted a Field Interview. The subject could not give the officers a food reason for being in the area and became very nervous. Further investigation revealed that he had an open Bench Warrant for his arrest on traffic related charges. He was immediately placed in custody. The officers then received information from Communications of a possible burglary in progress in their area. They requested other units to respond and began checking houses in the area. One of the houses had a side gate open and as they looked in the back yard they observed the subject that had met with the first subject earlier hiding in the bushes. When the subject observed them, he immediately fled into the house. A third subject that was inside the house attempted to flee into a rear bathroom where he was apprehended flushing narcotics down the toilet. In total, three (3) subjects were apprehended, over sixty (60) grams of marijuana were impounded; a small amount of crack cocaine was also impounded. More importantly, a stolen hand gun was also recovered with over 125 rounds of ammunition that was also impounded and taken off the streets.
Officers Diaz and Becker were chosen as Officers of the Month for February 2012 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Noon.