The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for March 2016 is Detective Michel Tovar. Detective Tovar is a 14-year veteran at the North Miami Police Department, assigned to the Investigative Section. He is being recognized for his hard work and dedication to the residents of North Miami. Detective Tovar was nominated by Sergeant Joseph Kissel for the following case: On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Uniform Patrol Officers were dispatched to a residence in regard to a male victim who had been shot.
Once officers arrived, they discovered a male victim across the street that had been shot in his right bicep and had collapsed due to loss of blood. Detective Tovar, along with his team of investigators, were called to investigate what was now considered an attempted murder. Detective Tovar immediately began to work the case, attempting to develop any possible leads.
Relying on his experience and exceptional investigative techniques, he was able to formulate and analyze leads, which lead to the identification of a possible suspect. During the initial stages of his investigation, he was able to identify the suspect and obtained a positive identification from the victims.
After getting an identification of the subject, Detective Tovar now took on the task of attempting to locate the subject, who had now gone into hiding. Detective Tovar developed a lead, which led him to the possible location of the subject. After maintaining a surveillance of the area, where the subject was said to be, Detective Tovar located the subject. With the assistance of the North Miami Crime Suppression Unit, the subject was taken into custody without incident.
During the interrogation of the subject, Detective Tovar displayed exceptional interviewing techniques. He was able to get the subject to incriminate himself by admitting to his presence at the shooting and to a motive. The subject was subsequently arrested and charged with four (4) counts of Attempted Murder. Due to Detective Tovar’s skill and diligence, an armed suspect was taken off of the streets without delay, ensuring the safety of the citizens that reside in, and travel through the City of North Miami.
Detective Michel Tovar was chosen as Officer of the Month for March 2016 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 12:00 Noon.