The Lake Alfred Employee of the Quarter was awarded by Mayor Daley at the April 6th City Commission. The award was presented to Officer Juan Lopez and his K-9 partner Wil.
Officer Lopez began his career with the Lake Alfred Police Department on August 30, 2010 and worked street patrol. In late 2013, Officer Lopez was picked by members from three (3) other outside agencies and Lake Alfred Police Department staff to take over the canine program. Since taking over the canine program Officer Lopez has been to two state competitions where he and his canine partner have received 11 awards. He was sent by the United States Police Canine Association to represent Region 1 in the national field trials in 2014.
Officer Lopez has a great rapport with staff members and the public he comes into contact with. He has a great working relationship with department members and can be counted on by staff to work whenever needed. Officer Lopez is a great asset to the City of Lake Alfred, the Lake Alfred Police Department and both citizens and visitors of the City of Lake Alfred.
“Wil” has been with the Lake Alfred Police Department since August of 2013, when he was handpicked from a group of other canines at a breeder in Homestead Florida. Wil has attended well over 1200 hours of training in street and narcotic work. He has risen to a level early in his career that other canine handlers around the state have commented on with high regard. Wil currently trains with other canine teams around the county and responds to calls for service in the city limits of Lake Alfred and other jurisdictions when requested.
Wil has a great rapport with citizens and has one of the best temperaments for conducting socialization with citizens, especially children. Wil is a great asset to the City of Lake Alfred and to our citizens as an example of how small agencies can have top ranked resources for their use.
Together, both Officer Lopez and “Wil” are a great team to represent the City of Lake Alfred.
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