TALLAHASSEE —Two members of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's (DEP) Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) recently received
recognition at the State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association’s (SLECA) annual
Law Enforcement Officer and Investigator of the Year ceremony in Tallahassee.
Special Agent Guy Gilbert of DEP's DLE Criminal Investigations Bureau was
recognized as a nominee for Investigator of the Year, and Lieutenant Burt Himmer
of DEP's DLE Training Center received the SLECA Lifesaving Award.
“Special Agent Gilbert and Lieutenant Himmer are very deserving of this
recognition,” said DEP Division of Law Enforcement Director Henry Barnet. “Both
men exemplify professionalism and dedication to duty, and I am proud of their
acknowledgment at the ceremony.”
One example of Special Agent Gilbert’s outstanding work was his handling of
the 2009 investigative case at Miami International Airport called “Operation
Safe Warehouse” in which he took the lead in identifying radioactive medical
waste in one warehouse and assisted the Department of Health’s Radiation Unit as
they identified one hundred pounds of depleted uranium in another warehouse.
Lieutenant Himmer was recognized for his actions while teaching a defensive
tactics course at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Tallahassee. During the
course, he observed a recruit, who began experiencing physical distress and
whose condition soon deteriorated to the point of losing consciousness. He
contacted EMS and insisted that the recruit be transported to the hospital for
observation. The recruit was later diagnosed with internal bleeding from a
DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for statewide environmental
resource law enforcement, as well as providing law enforcement services to
Florida’s state parks and greenways and trails. Division personnel from the
three operational bureaus patrol state lands; investigate environmental resource
crimes; and respond to natural disasters, civil unrest, hazardous material
incidents and oil spills that threaten the environment.
To report an environmental crime, wireless customers can dial #DEP. Callers
can also report environmental crimes to the State Warning Point by calling (877)
2-SAVE-FL (1.877.272.8335). General environmental inquiries should be directed
to DEP district offices during normal business hours. For more information about
DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement, visit