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Officer who targets abuse receives honor

A well-regarded Pinellas Park officer is one of four to receive the Governor's Peace at Home Award.

By ANNE LINDBERG

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 30, 2000


PINELLAS PARK -- A Pinellas Park police officer was one of four people honored by Gov. Jeb Bush for helping to stop domestic violence.

Bill Holmes, 55, won the 2000 Governor's Peace at Home Award for his work in the justice system. In winning the award, Holmes beat out three other finalists, all judges.

"We're extremely proud of him," police Chief David Milchan said. "It's a real plus for the city of Pinellas Park as well as Bill Holmes."

The award, Milchan said, is the highest given in Florida for combating domestic violence.

Mayor Bill Mischler was equally pleased for Holmes. Mischler has known Holmes since he began working in the Pinellas Park department in 1986 and often rides with the officer on patrol.

"He puts his heart and soul into it," Mischler said. "It speaks very highly of our department."

He has received other victims' rights and victims' advocates awards. He has published articled in law enforcement magazines on domestic violence. In 1998, he applied for and won a $100,000 state grant to develop and coordinate a statewide conference on the impact of community policing on domestic violence.

Holmes is well regarded in the Pinellas Park department, where he has been named a master police officer every year since 1997. To become a master police officer, Holmes had to consistently receive job evaluations that "exceeded expectations," and show a positive attitude and a high level of productivity. He is also a field training officer, in charge of new recruits.

In addition, Holmes teaches community policing, specialized training and domestic violence courses at the police academy. He also teaches the domestic violence segment of Pinellas Park's Citizens Police Academy.

He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice management from Tarkio College, a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Central Missouri State, and a degree in public administration from Troy State in Alabama.

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