Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Special Agent in Charge John P. Gilbride
NOV 22 - On October 18, 2010 the Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) presented Special Agent in Charge John P. Gilbride with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan, New York.
The FDAF was formed in 1994 by a group of leaders from the worlds of business and the professions. The Foundation's mission is to provide a support mechanism for the professionals of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), their families and whenever possible, their law enforcement counterparts.
Every fall, the FDAF hosts an awards ceremony honoring law enforcement officers for their dedication to duty throughout the year. This year the FDAF created an award specifically for SAC John P. Gilbride to honor his lifetime commitment to law enforcement and specifically for what he has done throughout his career with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Mr. Gilbride began his career with the DEA in 1981 as a student intern in the New York Field Division (NYFD). In 1982, he joined DEA as a Diversion Investigator in the Newark FD. In 1983 he became a Special Agent and graduated first in his Basic Agent class from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center located in Glynco, Georgia. As a Special Agent, he served in various assignments including the Newark, Philadelphia and New York Field Divisions. In 1991, Mr. Gilbride was promoted to a Group Supervisor in the New York Field Division, where he directed enforcement efforts utilizing federally authorized wiretaps to infiltrate and dismantle International Drug Trafficking Organizations.
In 1999, Mr. Gilbride was assigned to the New York Field Division as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC). Mr. Gilbride managed and directed several successful enforcement operations using “roving” wiretaps and other innovative techniques in targeting international cocaine and ecstasy distribution organizations. In 2000, Mr. Gilbride was assigned to oversee the New York Field Division’s money laundering operations, as well as drug interdiction investigations being conducted by multi-agency enforcement personnel at New York City airports, seaports, bus and train stations.
In 2004, Mr. Gilbride was reassigned to the Detroit Field Division as the Special Agent in Charge, where he was responsible for approximately 280 DEA personnel and over 140 State and Local Enforcement Officers assigned to 15 DEA offices in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
Mr. Gilbride has been the recipient numerous awards including DEA’s highest honors, the Administrator’s Award of Honor and the DEA Purple Heart, for injuries sustained in the line of duty. Mr. Gilbride is also a member of the New York City Police Department’s Honor Legion. Mr. Gilbride is married with two children.