TThe Law Enforcement Officer of the Year program has been an annual event since its inception in 1974. This recognition of the best in Florida law enforcement culminates with a prestigious dinner and awards ceremony featuring more than 150 law enforcement professionals, retail industry leaders and elected officials in attendance. The 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards ceremony and dinner takes place Thursday, July 20 at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL.

The program's time-tested campaign theme, "Often taken for granted, they never stop serving ...because they care," remains as relevant today as when the LEOY was first introduced.

The purpose of this award and the ceremony is to support and encourage outstanding law enforcement work throughout the state, and to recognize the important contributions made by Florida's law enforcement professionals in keeping Sunshine State business owners, staff and customers safe, particularly as it relates to the retail and c-store industries.

Investigator Jayson Paul of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office was recognized with the 2016 FRF Law Enforcement Officer of the Year medal and plaque, along with a significant cash prize and multiple goodie bags filled with gift cards, all-inclusive trips as well as products from FRF's generous members, who all gave in support of Florida's brave and selfless law enforcement. Marion County Detective Thomas Tingue was recognized as the Runner-Up, and received a plaque and assorted gifts from FRF members. The night is a wonderful way for FRF and our members to say thank you to our law enforcement community for keeping our businesses, our employees, our customers and our merchandise safe.

Please remember to take advantage of and attend the 4th Annual Loss Prevention Conference, which takes place Friday, July 21. Click here for more information.

Check back regularly for the announcement of FRF accepting nominations for the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award! CLICK HERE for more information on the history of this prestigious award.

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The Sunshine EXPO®, powered by the Florida Retail Federation and taking place July 20 - 24, is the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida.

With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around the country, the EXPO is a not-to-miss event for retailers to find new ideas, products and services that help grow and strengthen their business.