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2 Gwinnett police officers honored at security summit

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two police corporals — one who caught criminals on the Internet and another who uncovered criminal activity at a traffic stop — were honored as top cops at a recent Atlanta Security Summit.

The two Gwinnett County Police Department officers were part of a group of eight honored by Simon Property Group, the operator of Gwinnett Place Mall and Mall of Georgia.

“Simon Property Group felt it was important to honor the valiant efforts of exemplary officers serving the counties in which we have malls,” said Michael Romstad, Atlanta’s regional vice president of Simon Property Group. “We work closely with the local police departments and rely on them to help us maintain a safe shopping environment at all of our malls in the metro Atlanta area. These officers deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication, and it was our honor to present these awards.”

An officer with the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit, Cpl. Stephen Land volunteered to work to catch predators through undercover online chat investigation. In a press release, Simon officials said the work was in addition to his regular caseload, “which makes Land’s hard work even more commendable.”

Cpl. Steven Batt received his award for his participation in a routine traffic stop that ended with the discovery of a drug ring. According to the press release, Batt suspected further criminal activity, performed further research and found the house of suspects that lead to one of the largest seizures of cash and drugs in Gwinnett County.

Simon Property Group partnered with AlliedBarton, Full Circle Restoration and SimplexGrinnell to host the summit at the Westin Buckhead. In all, eight law enforcement officers from the region were honored.