Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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OSFM Investigation Division honored with MOCIC award for investigating arson-caused grass fires

User Not Found | Oct 12, 2015

MOCIC awardThe Investigation Division of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) was honored to receive an award by Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) for Outstanding Cooperation and Performance in Law Enforcement. Doug Jorgensen, Kansas Fire Marshal, Rose Rozmiarek, OSFM Chief of Investigation, and Wally Roberts, OSFM Investigator, were on-hand at the ceremony in St. Charles, Missouri to accept the award on behalf of the agency.

The recipients of the MOCIC awards are selected based on a review of nominations and agency success stories that have been submitted to MOCIC. In order to be considered for an award, an agency must meet the following three criteria:

  1. The agency must have conducted an investigation, prosecution or other activity that resulted in a positive outcome;
  2. At least one MOCIC or RISS service must have contributed to that positive outcome; and
  3. The investigation, prosecution or other activity must involve multiple agencies, reflecting the multijurisdictional nature of MOCICs mission.

The OSFM were honored with an award for its investigation into a rash of grass fires that involved at least seven agencies representing police, fire and emergency management. OSFM investigators were investigating approximately 15 to 20 grass and brush fires, as well as a few structure fires that were believed to be the result of arson. A member of a local fire department was identified as a possible suspect.

Investigators credited MOCIC services with helping them bring the investigation to a successful conclusion, as well as protecting lives and property.