Operations Commander Gary Blocker
Commander Blocker has been selected as the Agency's Officer of the Quarter four times, he has been the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award twice and he was selected as the Department's Officer of the Year in 2012.
Commander Blocker holds an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Broward Community College and he continues working toward his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the 263rd Session of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates. Commander Blocker is an associate member of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association.
Training Sergeant Biagio Balistreri
Sergeant Balistreri joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in November 1995 as a civilian employee where he worked as a Desk Officer and Police Service Aide. In January 1998 Sergeant Balistreri attended the 187th session of the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. Sergeant Balistreri has served in Road Patrol, Traffic Unit, Marine Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, Broward County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Detective Bureau, Code Compliance Supervisor and Criminal Investigations Sergeant.
Sergeant Balistreri currently supervises our Training Unit and he is focused on developing and providing advanced continuing training and education to the members of the Wilton Manors Police Department. Sergeant Balistreri is also responsible for cadet officers and our Field Training Program.
Sergeant Balistreri is currently attending Vincennes University in his endeavor to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety.
Sergeant Balistreri has been the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award and the Officer of the Quarter Award.
Detective Sergeant Frank Pilewski
Sergeant Pilewski started his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Union County Sheriff’s Office in Elizabeth, New Jersey. During his four (4) plus years with the department, he was assigned to various units including Court Security, Inmate Transportation and he assisted the Fugitive/Warrant Unit. Sergeant Pilewski left the Union County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 to pursue a law enforcement career in South Florida.
Sergeant Pilewski began his career with the Wilton Manors Police Department in October 2005 as a Desk Officer and he was quickly promoted to Road Patrol Officer in 2006. During this time he served the Agency as a Field Training Officer, Marine Patrol Officer and a PBA Representative before being assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2008 . During his time as a Detective, Sergeant Pilewski worked various criminal investigations which included death investigations, property crimes, violent crimes and economic crimes.
Sergeant Pilewski has been selected as the Agency’s Officer of the Quarter twice, he has been awarded with the Meritorious Service Award and he was selected as our 2007 Officer of the Year.
Road Patrol Sergeant Rick Shawver
Sergeant Shawver began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Lauderdale by the Sea Police Department. During his tenure as a patrol officer, Sergeant Shawver was the recipient of several public commendations and the Agency’s Meritorious Service Award. He was honored with the Department’s Life Saving Award and a highly distinguishable commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was selected as their Officer of the Month on three occasions and was named their 1987 Officer of the Year.
In 1990 Sergeant Shawver joined the Wilton Manors Police Department where he has served in road patrol, Field Training Officer, Marine Patrol, Dive Team, Wilton Manors-Oakland Park Narcotics Enforcement Team (W.O.N.E.T.), United States Customs Blue Lightning Strike Force, Detective Bureau and Road Patrol Sergeant.
Sergeant Shawver has been commended by the members of the public over 100 times and he has been the recipient of our Agency’s Life Saving Award, Meritorious Service Award and the prestigious Combat Cross Award. In addition to these accolades Sergeant Shawver has been recognized as our Officer of the Quarter on three occasions.
Road Patrol Sergeant Robert Cohen
Sergeant Cohen joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in 2002 and attended the 210th Session of the Broward Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. He has served the Agency in Road Patrol, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Unit, Marine Patrol and Street Crimes. Sergeant Cohen was also a member of the Multi-Agency United States Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.
Sergeant Cohen was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and where he has served as a road patrol supervisor.
Road Patrol Sergeant Nick Fiacco
Sergeant Fiacco joined the criminal justice profession in 1999 as a member of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division. His career in corrections saw him serve as a member of the Booking Unit, Transport, Medical Facility Details, Baker Act Team and the Special Response Team (SRT). In 2003 Sergeant Fiacco transferred to the Road Patrol Division where he served in Road Patrol, Neighborhood Response Team and Detective Bureau. In 2009 Sergeant Fiacco joined the Wilton Manors Police Officer where he served in Road Patrol, Marine Unit and Detective Bureau.
Sergeant Fiacco was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2013 and was assigned to the Road Patrol Division. Sergeant Fiacco serves as our Agency’s Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor.
Sergeant Fiacco was named Broward County Crime Stoppers 2012 Detective of the Year and he has been selected as our Agency’s Officer of the Quarter.
Road Patrol Sergeant Larry Keesling
Sergeant Keesling started his Law Enforcement career in 1980 as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Fort Lauderdale.He attended the 90th session of the Broward County Police Academy in 1982. During his 27 year career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department he served in the following units: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Beach Tactical Officer, Tactical Impact Unit, Marine Unit, Departmental Firearms/Tactical Instructor, Training Unit and Homeland Security Detective. Sergeant Keesling was also a member of the Fort Lauderdale SWAT team for 18 years. Sergeant Keesling has received over 80 departmental and public commendations, 3 lifesaving awards, 4 Unit Citations and in 2008 a Letter of Commendation from FBI Director Robert Mueller regarding Homeland Security issues. He retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in April 2009.
Sergeant Keesling joined the Wilton Manors Police Department in May 2009 as a Patrol Officer. He has been utilized as a Field Training Officer and Firearms/Tactics Instructor. Sergeant Keesling is a member of the Broward County Active Killer Instructor Training Group whose group’s goal is to make our schools safer and he is currently our Agency’s Range Master.