FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2019
SPD Sergeant Awarded “ Gang Officer of the Year”
The Springfield Police Department is proud to announce that Sergeant Justin Gargus was awarded Midwest Gang Investigators Association’s “Gang Officer of the Year” on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Midwest Gang Investigators Association National Conference.
Sergeant Gargus, a 24-year veteran with SPD, was nominated for the award by his supervisor and other members of his unit for his ongoing excellence in the field of investigation, prevention and suppression of criminal street gang activity.
In 2011 Sergeant Gargus helped begin and maintains Operation Crossfire, which focuses investigative efforts on a list of individuals frequently involved in violent crime. His work on the Crossfire list has helped to slow down street-level violence and put several criminals in prison.
Sergeant Gargus has supervised numerous gang and drug investigations while working with other agencies, including ATF and FBI. He also teaches gang investigations to the Academy and does gang training to civilian groups at least once or twice a year.
Congratulations Sergeant Gargus.
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Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer