Pitt Law Alumnus and U.S. Attorney David Hickton Brings LEAD Awards to Pitt Law Friday Nov. 9
AWARDS CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT PITT LAW NOV. 9 RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
The Law Enforcement Agency Directors (LEAD) of Western Pennsylvania will hold the 15th Annual LEAD Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the Barco Law Building’s Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom. Pitt Law Alumnus and United States Attorney David J. Hickton will offer welcoming remarks. Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Pat Fitzgerald, will deliver the keynote address.
The LEAD Investigative Team Awards will be presented to the agents and attorneys who investigated and prosecuted Operation Homeless, a counterfeit check cashing conspiracy, and to the agents and attorneys who shut down Dr. Oliver Herndon, a major illegal supplier of oxycodone. Awards for outstanding performance in law enforcement will be presented to 35 agents, officers, troopers, deputy sheriffs and prosecutors. The men and women being recognized include:
- Pittsburgh Police Officers who rescued a newborn abducted from Magee Womens Hospital on Aug. 23, 2012;
- A federal prosecutor who brought to justice the perpetrator of the anonymous hoax bomb threats targeting the University of Pittsburgh in Spring 2012;
- ATF Agents who solved a series of arson fires plaguing the City of Jeannette, Pa.;
- DEA Task Force Officers who dismantled the Gary Moorefield Drug Trafficking Organization;
- The Pennsylvania State Police Somerset County Criminal Investigation Unit for solving the killing of an out-of-state, high-level drug dealer in Jefferson Township; and
- IRS-Criminal Investigation Agents for their investigation into the collapse of the Dwelling House Savings & Loan, a minority-owned financial institution that served the Hill District for over 80 years.
David A. Harris, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will receive special recognition for his work with the Community-Police Relations Group.
LEAD is composed of the following law enforcement agencies and their representatives: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Attorney’s Office - Western District of Pennsylvania; Homeland Security Investigations; IRS - Criminal Division; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration; U.S. Department of Defense - Defense Criminal Investigative Service; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Social Security Administration; U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Air Marshal Service; the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs; U.S. Department of Labor - OIG; Department of Agriculture; Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office; Pennsylvania State Police; Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police; Allegheny County Police Department; Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office; Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office; and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.