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Ocala Police major honored with distinguished award at Orlando Magic game

Ocala Police Maj. Corey Taylor received a special honor recently during an Orlando Magic basketball game.

Taylor was recognized on the Jumbotron at the Amway Center in Orlando as he received the Harris Hometown Hero Award. He and his family attended the game and were there to applaud his efforts as he received the special honor.

Ocala Police Maj. Corey Taylor was honored recently during an Orlando Magic game at the Amway Center with the Harris Hometown Hero Award.

The recent event wasn’t the first time Taylor has been honored. In February 2020, while serving as the commander of the multi-agency Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST), he was honored with a special award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Taylor traveled to our nation’s capital with late Police Chief Greg Graham to receive the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas award for Outstanding Task Force Commander of the Year. He was the first law enforcement officer from Florida to receive the prestigious award.

Taylor, who was born and raised in Ocala, has been with the police department for about c20 years. He has experience as a patrol officer, K-9 officer, road unit supervisor, bike unit member, watch commander and district commander. He assumed leadership of UDEST in February 2017.

UDEST is an initiative of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. It is comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement from the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security.
Some of Taylor’s UDEST squad’s arrests included:

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