The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Year” for 2014 is Detective Michael Gaudio who is assigned to the Investigative section. Detective Gaudio has been a member of the North Miami Police Department for fifteen years. Detective Gaudio is recognized for his recent outstanding performance. He was nominated by Sergeant Diana Roman for the following case: On November 1, 2013, several subjects arrived at the Motel 7, located at 13445 NW 7th Avenue, with the intention to kill. Unbeknownst to the victim, the subjects were waiting for him
When the victim arrived at his door, he was confronted by two subjects who proceeded to shoot him multiple times, at close range, killing him at the scene.
Once assigned the case, Det. Gaudio diligently managed the scene. He utilized all resources effectively and tirelessly developed and followed all leads available to him. One of his resources was networking with other jurisdictions, which revealed that the subjects in this case had committed robberies in Miami-Dade County, including a robbery at a nail salon on November 22nd, where a ten year old child was killed.
Det. Gaudio’s attentiveness and sense of urgency was unwavering. As information was developed, he did not hesitate to meet with the witnesses at various stages. The witnesses ultimately identified the first subject, enabling Det. Gaudio to charge him with 1st Degree Murder. Upon affecting the first arrest, Det. Gaudio was determined to find the second shooter. As his efforts continued, Det. Gaudio was able to obtain information that led to the identification and location of the second subject. Det. Gaudio then enlisted a team to assist with his apprehension, which was safely placed into effect shortly thereafter. Once at the station, Det. Gaudio used his outstanding interrogation skills to obtain a full confession from the subject, where he implicated the first subject, and he provided a consistent description of what transpired during the incident
Det. Gaudio’s ability to manage his case at every stage, from conferring with other law enforcement agencies and witnesses, to analyzing, assigning, and prioritizing the tasks at hand, resulted in the apprehension of two dangerous felons who were sure to continue their murderous and violent spree until stopped. The victim’s family will remember the North Miami Police Department, not only for bringing closure to such injustice, but also for Det. Gaudio’s demonstration of compassion during a very trying time.
Detective Michael Gaudio was chosen as Officer of the Year for 2014 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held quarterly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 Noon.