2024 Team Member of the Month Archives
Sworn Team Member of the Month
Dustin B. Reed
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Corporal Dustin B. Reed, a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control's Digital Forensics Investigative Unit, is the January 2024 DPS Sworn Team Members of the Month for his dedication and tenacity in solving a child exploitation case.
In June 2023, Dustin received a request from a local law enforcement agency for assistance identifying a suspect in a child exploitation case. Indiana State Police officers conducting a separate investigation had found a text conversation between their suspect and a person with a phone with a Missouri area code. Dustin’s investigation was stymied numerous times: the phone was a burner phone that could not be tracked and there were multiple email accounts that turned out to be fictitious. However, Dustin did not relent. Eventually, a suspect was tracked down and a search of his cellphone uncovered child pornography files. Dustin continued to investigate and obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, which led to the discovery of thousands of files of child pornography on electronic devices.
The suspect was indicted on federal charges. The charges are mere accusations and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month
Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
Brian Weishahn, Auditor at the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, is the January 2024 DPS Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month. Brian was selected because of his strong work ethic, efficiency and the impeccable quality of his work.
When Brian began working at ATC in September 2022, he had to quickly learn the intricacies of the auditing position and delve into an accumulation of reports from wine direct shippers. He proved to be a quick study with the ability to manage these responsibilities.
Brian had soon processed hundreds of audits and his work resulted in almost 450 violation reports involving out-of-state wine direct shippers. The detail and precision of his work also made the disciplinary process easy when administrative action against licensees was necessary.
Brian’s dedication and work with licensees, particularly related to out-of-state wine direct shippers, has resulted in greater compliance among shippers and reduced their future administrative costs. It has also increased state tax collections.