By day Rick Drew is the director of sales and marketing for the East Ridge at Cutler Bay, a life care retirement community.
His mild-mannered, Southern charm engages customers while inspiring his sales team. Off hours, Drew reverts to his horrific memories from serving in law enforcement.
He is putting the criminal cases he investigated in Central Florida into book form. His first book, Is He Dead?, was published recently and is available on Amazon www.amazon.com/dp/B00QB98BUA.
A Georgia native, Drew moved up the ranks in law enforcement in Kissimmee starting as a patrolman in 1980. Known for ranching and farming and later for an influx of tourism generated from Disney World, Kissimmee is considered small town Florida. Yet, despite its slower pace and less congestion, it has a higher crime rate than the average Florida city.
Drew drew on his army experience and thrived working in law enforcement. He was promoted to detective in 1983 and as a rookie, assigned to a variety of criminal cases including thefts, burglaries and person’s crimes. Later he served on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.
In 1984 Drew was transferred to the Special Investigations Division with significantly different responsibilities including the enforcement of dangerous drug and vice crimes. During four years with this division, he received many recognitions including “Detective of the Year,” “Police Officer of the Year,” and the countywide “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”
He joined the Osceola Sheriff’s department in 1988 and assumed operational control of the narcotic enforcement arm. During his tenure, the drug enforcement division became one of the most successful in the history of the Sheriff’s Office. He was later selected as the inaugural director of the country’s first multi-jurisdictional narcotics and vice task force under the direction of the municipal police chiefs, the Sheriff, and the state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Is He Dead? is based on a true story of rape, incest, child and spousal abuse, torture and murder. As a homicide investigator, Drew offers an after-the-fact, gripping account of the police investigation in to the lives of two innocent children, their mother and a not-so-loving stepfather.