BRADENTON – Nominated by Sergeant Shannon Seymour, Patrol Officer Steven Hogan was named Bradenton Police Department Officer of the Month for February. While actively patrolling his assigned zone within District Two (West Bradenton), Officer Steven Hogan initiated two cases that resulted in three arrests and the confiscation of approximately 38 grams of methamphetamine, 36.1 grams of marijuana, 9.1 grams of cocaine, one handgun, and $1,537.00.
The first incident occurred on January 15, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m.; while Officer Hogan was on a foot patrol in the area of the “720 Club,” which is located at 720 Martin Luther King Avenue West. While walking through the parking lot he observed a parked vehicle with a partially open window. As Officer Hogan approached the vehicle he could smell what he believed to be the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior.
After making contact with the driver who was the sole occupant, Officer Hogan conducted a search of the driver, and discovered two bags of marijuana, along with a large sum of cash. A search of the vehicle resulted in a bag of “crack” cocaine being discovered. The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest.
The second incident occurred on January 16, 2014, at approximately 4:45 p.m.; while Officer Hogan was on patrol in the area of the 200 block of 13th Avenue West. Officer Hogan observed a vehicle that was being operated by a driver who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Officer Hogan conducted a traffic stop, and as he approached the driver, he observed that the window was partially down and could smell what he believed to be marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Hogan discovered an unsecured loaded handgun and a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle.
Officer Hogan also noticed small white “rocks” strewn about the interior of the vehicle. This substance was determined to be methamphetamine. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were placed under arrest. Officer Hogan is a very proactive officer whose actions constantly reflect positively on himself and the City of Bradenton Police Department as a whole. Officer Hogan is a true asset to the City of Bradenton Police Department, and is deserving of the title of “Officer of the Month”.