Sacramento Police Detective Derek Stigerts has been honored by the U.S. attorney’s office for his work investigating sex trafficking of minors.
“Over the years, Detective Stigerts has worked on some of the most significant sex-trafficking cases prosecuted” by his staff, said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner in announcing that Stigerts was chosen by the Sacramento division of the office to receive its outstanding investigator award for 2014.
Wagner lauded the detective for his “dedication and expertise.”
“He is a nationally recognized expert on sex trafficking crimes, and he frequently provides training to other law enforcement agencies,” the top prosecutor said. “Even more important is Detective Stigerts’ unseen work with the victims of these crimes, helping them to reach the point where they can tell their stories and move forward with their lives.”
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The award is one of four presented annually – one each to two law enforcement agencies and one each to two officers – in the Sacramento and Fresno divisions of the U.S. attorney’s office in recognition of outstanding cooperation among federal, state and local enforcement in the sprawling federal Eastern District of California, which stretches from the Tehachapi Mountains on the south to the Oregon border on the north, and is bounded on the west by the Coastal Range and on the east by the Nevada border.
Earlier this year, awards for 2014 were presented to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding cooperation with his office, Wagner said.
The winner of the fourth award for 2014, who will be an officer working with the Fresno division, will be announced next week, Wagner said.
Denny Walsh: (916) 321-1189