March 12, 2010Law Enforcement Achievement AwardsMs. Laura Le Blanc, Public InformationTexas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education6330 E Highway 290, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78723-1035Nomination of Sergeant Louis C. Felini, #5883 for the State of Texas Law EnforcementAward for Professional Achievement.The outstanding contribution to law enforcement made by Dallas Police Sergeant LouisFelini, #5883, in the development and implementation of difficult police programs hasexemplified excellence for meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility. Theseprograms not only exhibit a high degree of professional accomplishment, but serve as amodel for other municipalities around the country.Since October of 2007, Sergeant Felini has been assigned as the Deployment supervisorfor the South Central Division, and has been tasked with developing operations that targetcrime throughout the division, including in and around the truck stops, inter-modal yards,motels, rail yards, massive apartment complexes taken over by gangs, and wanted felons.One program in particular, the Prostitute Diversion Initiative (PDI) that targets truck stopprostitutes, has not only received international attention in over 500 news media outlets,but has been recognized by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a long term intelligence strategy for atransient criminal population.The PDI was the first law enforcement led diversion program of its kind in the countrythat brought outside services directly to the streets to provide victims of prostitution acomplete exit from the sex trade and continued recidivism with the criminal justicesystem. The operation is conducted once a month at the truck stops and includes theDallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County DistrictAttorney’s Office, Courts, Dallas County Health Department, Parkland Hospital, theUniversity of North Texas Health Science Center’s (UNTHSC) EpidemiologyDepartment, and over 45 social service and faith based organizations. To date, 374women have been given the opportunity to change their life, over 30 have left the sextrade completely, and some have returned to help act as advocates for the program.For the women that enter the program and relapse, Sergeant Felini has developed twoother first of its kind programs. The first is a “High Risk Potential Victims’ DNADatabase, which he established with the collaboration of UNTHSC’s Forensic Lab andCenter for Human Identification and the Vice Unit at no cost to the Dallas PoliceDepartment. The database will provide a way to identify these women should theybecome a victim of violent crime once they return to the street. The program providesvalue to their life, closure for their family, and a tremendous tool for law enforcement.