2017 First Quarter
Detective Debra Titkanich, Officer of the 1st Quarter 2017
The job of a sex crimes detective is difficult by nature and definition. The types of crimes investigated in many aspects are unthinkable, unspeakable acts. Detective Debra Titkanich has made it her mission and purpose not only to seek justice for the victims of these crimes but to go above and beyond to prevent future victimization.
During the first quarter of 2017, Detective Titkanich participated in significant investigations and undercover operations that have yielded the arrests of more than a dozen suspects who have either meant to do harm to children or have committed unthinkable acts on children and are now in custody facing lengthy prison sentences. In two cases, the suspects were illegal aliens and because of Detective Titkanich’s thorough investigations, they will soon be deported.
Detective Titkanich represents the Cocoa Police Department in the Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). During the months of February and March Detective Titkanich made significant contributions in two undercover operations dubbed Operation Cupid’s Arrow and Operation Resilient. She was able to make cases against 12 suspects for felony charges involving traveling to meet a minor for sex, using a computer to lure a child and obscene communication use of a computer to seduce and solicit children. These efforts most likely prevented the sexual abuse of countless victims.
Outside the task force, Detective Titkanich made significant local cases in which adult males attempted to lure minors using a computer to engage in explicit conversation and arranged to travel to meet them for sex. In one of these cases Detective Titkanich is pursuing federal charges which could send the offender to prison for a minimum of ten years.
Also in the first quarter of 2017, Detective Titkanich worked diligently with her colleagues in CID to effect the arrests of two illegal aliens who are now being held on ICE warrants for deportation. These two cases involved a capital sexual battery of a young girl who was abused since the age of 12 by her mother’s boyfriend, a Guatemalan national residing in the U.S. illegally for the last ten years. The second case involved a young girl who escaped an attempt by another illegal alien who tried to lure her into a home so he could sexually abuse her. Detective Titkanich worked with the victim and another witness to develop a computerized composite sketch of the suspect who was arrested the following day after the incident was first reported. All of these cases generated media attention and, while uncomfortable speaking with the media, Detective Titkanich worked with the PIO to effectively communicate these stories to the media with professionalism and great credibility. This goes a long way to improving the overall credibility of the agency and its personnel.
Detective Titkanich exhibits great passion when it comes to getting justice for victims and would-be victims. Her passion translates into successful arrests in pursuit of successful prosecutions. For these reasons I recommend awarding the Officer of the First Quarter 2017 to Detective Debra Titkanich.
Charlene Jenkins-Catechis, Employee of the 1st Quarter
Charlene is a true professional and keeps the department running on all cylinders. Her knowledge of department policies and procedures is unmatched. If she doesn’t know the answer to a question, she knows where to find it and does so quickly and efficiently. This is greatly beneficial for new employees of which there have been several in the last few months.
Charlene is the kind of person who goes above and beyond every day she comes to work. She is always available to help with special projects such as proofreading and editing the CPD Annual Report. In the last quarter of 2016, Charlene went above and beyond to help pack gifts for the department’s annual Toy Drive. She stepped out of her administrative role to offer help with the Shop with a Cop event, the annual charity golf tournament and the recent Breakfast with the Chief held in early April, 2017. There is nothing she is not willing to do for this department and its employees. Charlene is a dedicated and diligent employee who is deserving of being named employee of the quarter.