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Distinguished Officers of the Month - November 2010

Distinguished Officers of the Month - November 2010
Officer Gregorio Perez

The Miami-Dade Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Gregorio Perez has been awarded the departmental Silver Medal of Valor and selected Distinguished Officer of the Month for November 2010.  A 10-year veteran, Officer Perez is currently assigned to the Northside District.

As a true professional who is able to incorporate "old fashioned police work" with today's technological advances, Officer Perez is assigned to the Northside District's Platoon II Field Training Officer Squad.  His natural ability to establish rapport with citizens by employing community policing strategies, combined with his investigative skills, has enabled him to gain the respect and confidence of those individuals knowledgeable of criminal activity occurring within the District.  As such, he is able to gain information that a less astute officer would not have access to.

Officer Perez constantly checks various criminal and statistical data programs in order to familiarize himself with current crime trends, active areas, BOLOs, and open warrants.  His keen and direct approach to developing information and locating wanted persons is consistently sought by fellow officers and investigators alike.  Officer Perez' statistical enforcement efforts are as equally impressive, successful, and effective.  Between December 2009 and April 2010, he produced the following:    

  • 34  Felony Arrests
  • 65  Misdemeanor Arrests
  • 2  Traffic Arrests
  • 78  Warrant Arrests
  • 96  Traffic Stops
  • 4  Verbal Warnings
  • 496  Field Interviews
  • 14  Vehicles Impounded (including ATVs)
  • 5  Grams of Marijuana Seized
  • 15  Grams of Cocaine Seized
  • 7  Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Officer Perez' outstanding enthusiasm, work ethic, and genuine concern for our community have made a remarkable impact in his assigned area.  His actions have certainly helped enhance the quality of life for our many residents, while displaying integrity and respect – hallmarks of the Department.  Such work habits demonstrate that significant results are attainable with dedication and commitment. 

Officer Perez has been instrumental in removing violent and habitual criminals from one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County, while improving the general safety of its citizens. 

In May 2010, information from several sources residing within a particular grid in Northside District gave rise to believe that recent threats to kill a police officer were indeed viable. 

With the implementation of Operation Grid Stump, a special uniform patrol detail targeting a specific grid, Officer Perez was selected to handle the day-shift efforts.  When informed of the threats on police officers, Officer Perez suggested he stay on in the area as the overall efforts of all involved were making a difference.  General Investigations Unit investigators were assigned to investigate further and indeed located sources to the fact.  

Of particular note are the percentage point drops in specific Part 1 crimes within the target areas.  They include:

  • Robberies down 54 percent - falling from 39 the previous year, to 18 this year.
  • Auto thefts down 50 percent - going from 8 incidences to 4.
  • An 18 percent drop in aggravated assaults.

Officer Perez has demonstrated a special talent for probing beneath the surface.  Coupled with his training and tenacity, he continues investigating until a successful outcome is achieved.  This is substantiated by his outstanding statistical record.  He represents the Department and the entire law enforcement profession in an exemplary manner.

Prepared by:
Sandra G. Kramer
Media Relations Bureau

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