Tallahassee Officer Gains Statewide Recognition

OFC Chuck Perry was named by the attorney general as Florida's "Law Officer of the Year", edging out heroic officers from all over the state.

Chuck Perry found himself under fire that one July day as two men he spotted casing a bank led him on a pursuit peppered with bullets. OFC Perry called for backup that day, but never returned fire.

That incident was recounted on the steps of the old Capitol Tuesday morning as the attorney general named Perry Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

OFC Chuck Perry says, "There's a lot of folks out there day in and day out who do a great job not just in the City of Tallahassee, but all of law enforcement, and so I was shocked to get called up there."

Perry may clean up well, but he is known as a street savvy officer in the thick of gunfire and drug deals with a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

CAPT Chris Connell with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "In one way, trouble always seems to find him, but he responds appropriately. A lot of that's good instincts."

But the attorney general says Chuck Perry was chosen for more than his police work. He was hailed for trying to help many of the prostitutes, drug addicts and needy children he has met along the way.

Florida Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist says, "His bravery, his courage, his commitment to the community, I mean, it just stands out."