ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Sgt. Patrick Guckian of the Orlando Police Department was recently honored for his work with victims of human trafficking. The Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers awarded him its Public Citizen of the Year Award.
Sgt. Guckian has served in the Orlando Police Department since 1997 and is currently assigned to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation.
“Over the past few years, Pat has quickly become one of the state’s leading experts in human trafficking issues,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.
At the April 28 City Council meeting, Sgt. Guckian received a proclamation issued by Mayor Buddy Dyer, recognizing him for his accolade and efforts to stop human trafficking. Sgt. Guckian has given over 100 presentations on the subject to law enforcement and government entities and is chairman of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force.
Under his leadership, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation has completed over 80 human trafficking investigations, resulting in over 25 arrests. Eleven women and children have been rescued from active human trafficking organizations.