Last October, Thomson Reuters and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recognized the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as this year’s recipient of the Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation for its inter-agency and international effort to confront a human trafficking ring with connections in both Florida and Colombia.

In a new video from IACP, Steve Rubley, managing director of Thomson Reuters Government business for Legal, and the special agent from the FDLE – whose identity has been concealed as he continues to engage in authorized undercover operations – share what the award and collaboration in investigation means for them.

This is the second time in two years that this award has been given to a law enforcement agency for their work to confront child exploitation: last year’s recipient, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Division, was recognized for its investigation of child sexual exploitation. In addition to seizing nearly six petabytes of data in the course of the investigation, HSI and its partner agencies were able to identify and rescue more than 1,500 victims of computer-facilitated child exploitation crimes from Jan. 1, 2015, through May 17, 2016.

“The work of the FDLE and HSI are powerful examples that public-private partnerships and interagency collaboration can help us confront truly horrific crimes like human trafficking and child exploitation,” said Daniel DeSimone, senior director of Investigative Resources for Thomson Reuters.

Nominations for next year’s Thomson Reuters and IACP Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation will open in spring of 2018. Stay tuned to Legal Current for more.