ASIS Tampa Bay

West Coast Chapter 30


Meeting information

September 17, 2015

Sheriff Gualtieri
Pinellas, County Sheriff Office

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Gerald Cooper Award

As a tribute to his passion for volunteering, mentoring and his commitment to the profession, the Chapter 30 Board named an award in his honor. This award recognizes board members who have distinguished them- selves through their volunteer efforts and selfless commitment to ASIS and the chapter. The recipient receives a plaque marking the event and a paid registration to the annual ASIS national semi- nar. Gerry was on hand to present the award to the first few recipients, an honor which he held dearly.

Charles J. Knight Award

Each year, the Florida West Coast Chapter of ASIS International presents the Charles J. Knight Award. At a recent chapter board meeting, it was suggested that it would be meaningful if the recipient had specific knowledge of who Mr. Knight was and the honor we bestow on him/her by associating that individual with a plaque bearing Mr. Knight’s name.

The following is information that was developed with the help of ASIS International headquarters personnel as well as the personal records and recollection of Mr. Guido R. Massimei, who was a personal acquaintance of Mr. Knight.

Charles J. Knight joined ASIS in 1958. With his considerable insight and personal experience, he helped found the first ASIS Chapter in West Central Florida which was called the St. Petersburg Chapter, chartered January 16th, 1959. He became the first chairperson. He also served as the ASIS Regional Vice-President for the Flori- da South East Region during the years 1959 and 1960. In 1974, the St. Petersburg Chapter became what is known today as the Florida West Coast Chapter 30.

2014 Gerald W. Cooper Award Recipient
Carrie Buck
2014 Charles J. Knight Award Recipient
Paul Ward



The Florida West Coast Chapter of ASIS holds an annual Law Enforcement and Security Officer Awards Luncheon every May. We accept nominations for law enforcement and security officers from the Tampa Bay area that have met the following criteria: 


One trophy is presented to a law enforcement officer and one to a security officer who performs an act of courage involving the risk of personal injury for the purpose of protecting life and/or property; or, who, in the performance of their duties, physically rescues a person from the likelihood of certain death, or renders first aid to a person whose life is in immediate jeopardy. 


Trophies will be awarded to individuals who display continued job performance in their assignments in a distinguished and exemplary manner, and/or perform an act of extraordinary intelligence or invaluable service. 


Framed certificates awarded to officers who have made valuable contributions through their actions, or through the development of innovative and successful policies, procedures, or methods to increase efficiency in an administrative or operational procedure for the safety and wellbeing of individuals or for the protection of assets.

Law Enforcement & Security Officer Awards

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