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Officer of the Year
K-9 OFFICER JOSEPH LAROSA
WEST MELBOURNE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S 2016 OFFICER OF THE YEAR
 
LAROSA            It is with great pride and pleasure that the West Melbourne Police Department Awards Committee has chosen K-9 Officer Joseph LaRosa our Officer of the Year for 2016. Officer LaRosa is dedicated, highly motivated and very professional. 

During the 2016 year he has demonstrated his outstanding performance time and time again. He was chosen for Officer of the first Quarter and during 2016, received a Certificate of Commendation, 3 Unit Citations and 1 Letter of Appreciation. His activity and numerous arrests coupled with K-9 deployment performance has been identified by his peers, supervisors, outside agencies and civilians as extraordinary and exceptional. In 2016, he was never been late for work or taken a sick day. Below is an overview of his exemplary activity during 2016:
         

Calls/Back Up

1040

Traffic Stop

527

Arrests

133

Reports

291

Tickets

416

Training Hours

270

K-9 Deployments

140

K-9 Drug Sniffs

71

K-9 Assisted Criminal Apprehensions

5

This K-9 team, Officer LaRosa and Jax, were involved in the following noteworthy incidents:

  • A theft suspect lead two officers in a foot pursuit.  K-9 Officer LaRosa responded with
  • K9 Jax and tracked the suspect, gave chase, and took the suspect into custody without further incident.  The Agency we were assisting praised K-9 Officer LaRosa for bringing the incident to a positive conclusion. 
  • They assisted SIU by conducting drug sniffs on packages.  During this deployment the K9 team found a package containing 9 pounds of marijuana which subsequently resulted in a search warrant and arrest.  
  • The pair assisted the Melbourne Police Department where the suspect was high on LSD, had committed DV Battery, and fled from a MPD Officer.  During the foot pursuit the suspect burglarized a random residence occupied by a female.  Once inside he began battering the female by arming himself with a steel chair and swinging it at her head.  As a result, the victim suffered multiple broken bones.  The suspect barricaded himself and refused to come out.  K-9 Officer LaRosa was called to the scene to assist.  A tactical team was assembled and entry was made.  During the search, the K9 team located the suspect who resisted but was subsequently taken into custody without incident.  
  • Another incident involved a burglary to a dwelling with a stolen motorcycle which occurred prior to K-9 Officer LaRosa coming on duty.  He located the stolen motorcycle concealed in a wood lined area along a canal.  The motorcycle was returned to the owner and Officer LaRosa then assisted another officer in identifying the suspect and arresting him for burglary of a dwelling and grand theft auto.
  • While on patrol, a radio BOLO of a Felony Retail Theft suspect was broadcasted.  The suspect had resisted loss prevention at Target and fled in a vehicle.  Officer LaRosa immediately responded to the area and located a vehicle matching the description.  The vehicle fled from Officer LaRosa, who eventually conducted a felony traffic stop.  Officer LaRosa assisted the primary unit with the victim show up and subsequent arrest.  He also found probable cause to charge the suspect with drug related offenses and arrest the passenger.                                            
  • Officer LaRosa developed probable cause for a traffic stop in a well-known drug area.  He continued his investigation by interviewing the driver and deploying his K-9 partner to conduct a drug sniff.  As a result, the driver was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  He determined the vehicle was being used to transport and conceal the illegal contraband and seized it.                 
  • K-9 Officer LaRosa deployed K9 Jax to start a track for a suspect wanted for burglary, grand theft, resisting, and grand theft auto who fled from a stolen car after a vehicle pursuit.  They tracked the suspect to a heavily wooded where the suspect was located and failed to comply.  K9 Jax was deployed and made a successful apprehension.  A senior K9 trainer from another agency was on scene during this incident and met with K-9 Officer LaRosa’ s supervisor to praise his efforts.

K-9 Officer Joseph LaRosa is well deserving of Officer of the Year for 2016 for his outstanding performance

LAROSA

JOSEPH LAROSA
 
Officer of the Year 2016
Page

MICHELLE PAGE
Officer of the Year 2015




 Weeks
           

KIMBERLY WEEKS
Officer of the Year 2014
and
State Attorney's Office
National Crime Victims' Week
Officer of the Year 2015
Romano
           

ANTONIO ROMANO
Officer of the Year 2013

FTO Whitney
                      
HARVEY WHITNEY
Officer of the Year 2012

  SELLS
             
KEN SELLS
Officer of the Year 2011

Cantees
            
JUSTIN CANTEES

Officer of the Year 2010
and
Florida Police Chiefs Association
Lee McGehee Police Officer
of the Year 2010 

 Cronin
            
SEAN CRONIN

Officer of the Year 2009
and
MADD Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement Award

 Campbell

JASON CAMPBELL
Officer of the Year 2008
and
Florida Police Chiefs Association
Lee McGehee Police Officer
of the Year 2008
 

 Navedo

CARLOS NAVEDO
Officer of the Year 2007

 Dick

JENNIFER DICK
Officer of the Year 2006
and
Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police 2006
Distinguished Service Award

 Mathers
 
  ROBERT MATHERS
 
Officer of the Year 2004