Tampa, FL - On September 9, 2016, at the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Foundation Gala, Deputy United States Marshal Roger Devall was awarded as Federal Agent of the Year. Deputy Devall has been employed with the United States Marshals Service for 19 years. A year ago Deputy Devall was assigned to investigate unregistered sex offenders as part of the Middle District of Florida’s Sex Offender Initiative.
During the past year Deputy Devall joined the Tampa Bay Area Sex Offender Task Force which is a multi-jurisdictional group encompassing the United States Attorney’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. As part of his investigative assignment, Deputy Devall investigated 81 unregistered sex offender cases, referred several for state prosecution, and initiated 21 Federal investigations. Devall has also directed several Sex Offender Operations targeting non-compliant sex offenders with the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Middle District of Florida United States Marshal William “Bill” Berger said “based on Deputy Devall’s outstanding performance and continued efforts to prosecute unregistered sex offenders, Devall was the perfect candidate to receive the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police – Agent of the Year.