Community Service Officer honored with two awards


Pictured (l-r) are CAC chair James Blough, Officer of the Month Adriana Cohen and Hammocks District commander Major Hernan Organvidez.

Miami-Dade Police Department’s Hammocks District’s Adriana Cohen was twice honored in October.

On Friday, Oct. 5, the Community Service Officer was named “Police Officer of the Year” by the countywide Citizens Crime Watch for her dedication and devotion to services of the organization and its programs.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, acknowledging her five years’ service to his staff and community outreach, Hammocks District Maj. Hernan M. Organvidez nominated her as October’s Officer of the Month, a citation usually reserved for outstanding police work in solving crimes.

“Officer Cohen’s work throughout the year is of special recognition, especially in the light of budget cutting which reduced our outreach programs to four officers,” Maj. Organvidez said.

“Throughout the year, Hammocks District has been involved in many community activities and projects,” he said, noting her participation in the Celebrate Safe Communities program, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Annual Toy Drive, “Shop with a Cop” and Career Days.

“She has been at the forefront of those project and activities, coordinating and ensuring their success,” he said. “But beyond that, Officer Cohen like many of our staff spends countless hours over and above regular time, volunteering time at meetings and gathering support of local businesses to help sponsor these programs.”

In addition, Officer Cohen’s efforts were described as “instrumental” in the successful development of such fundraising activities as the March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

“She was also responsible for countless district projects and neighborhood meetings during the year, making a positive impact on our community and the citizens we serve,” Maj. Organvidez said, noting her work has “brought the community closer together.”

Earlier in the month, Officer Cohen received Citizens Crime Watch top honors during an awards dinner marking the 57th year of the organization that partners with 800,000 citizens and 28 police departments in countywide crime prevention.

Nearly 500 people were on hand to honor both residents and police officers during the dinner program, chaired by Crime Watch director Carmen Caldwell. Miami-Dade District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell handed out awards while District 4 Commissioner Sally Heyman received a special Eagle Award as a dedicated partner of Crime Watch.

“It’s our time to applaud those who do so much to keep our streets safe,” Caldwell said during the presentations.

Applause broke out spontaneously for Officer Cohen from Hammocks District Citizens Advisory Committee members when her citation was announced and presented by CAC chair James Blough at the Oct. 24 meeting.

“I really have very little I can say,” Officer Cohen responded. “I just want you to know it’s an honor for me to work with such a great group of dedicated people in our little staff and our entire department.”

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