Polk County Sheriff's Office Detective Daniel Cone and civilian employee Pat Houser have been selected as finalist for state awards given out by the Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board.
Detective Daniel Cone is a finalist in the 2000 Florida Missing Children's Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award recognizes a local law enforcement officer's exceptional or extraordinary efforts, resulting in the safe recovery of a missing child, solving a serial child homicide case or solving a case involving child sexual exploitation. Cone, 38, was nominated because of his work on the December 1999 investigation and arrest of a Lakeland man for sexual battery and lewd acts on a child. Detective Cone is currently working as a detective in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
"Detective Cone and Pat Houser are just two examples of the professional, hard working and dedicated employees we have here at the Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Houser, 55, has been working in the Missing Persons unit with the Sheriff's Office since 1999. In recognition of her accomplishments as a civilian employee, Houser was selected from nominees across the state to be recognized as a finalist for the 2000 Missing Children's Citizen of the Year award. The award seeks to recognize a citizen's outstanding activity, resulting in prevention of a child abduction, or the recovery of a child from a situation of imminent danger. Houser has been employed by the Sheriff's Office since 1994.
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