From the APD News

Apopka Police Officer of the Quarter – 1stQuarter 2018

Drug bust highlights Christopher Clutter’s claim to Officer of the Quarter

This award is presented on a quarterly basis to the officer who demonstrates superior initiative, determination, and thoroughness in the performance of their duties. The officer is chosen by the supervisors of the department.

Officer Christopher Clutter has shown tremendous growth in his work knowledge even though he brings with him several years of experience from other agencies. This shows his desire to work narcotics-related crimes and often works cooperatively with other officers to conduct traffic stops looking for narcotics and other offenses.

Chief Mike McKinley and Officer Christopher Clutter.

In March of 2018, Officer Clutter received a tip of possible narcotics trafficking being conducted at a local apartment complex. On his own initiative, Clutter began surveillance on the suspected apartment and had another officer standing by for a takedown if needed.  Clutter discovered an occupied vehicle parked in front of the target apartment with a strong odor of cannabis coming from it. The resident of the apartment exited carrying a white garbage bag and delivered it to the four occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle left the complex and a traffic stop was conducted. During the stop, probable cause was established for a search which revealed large amounts of illegal narcotics in the white bag and $14,832.00 packaged in rubber-banded bundles on the occupants.

The illegal drugs were packaged in vacuum sealed containers clearly measured for resale. The diligence of Clutter shows his dedication to remove illegal narcotics from the community in which he lives and is an example of his outstanding performance in team-oriented accomplishments. His actions bring great credit to himself, displays the pride he has in serving the citizens of Apopka, and reflect his desire to fulfill the Mission Statement of the Apopka Police Department.

Apopka Communications Technician of the Quarter – 1stQuarter 2018

Cooper provides calm, compassionate and exemplary pre-arrivals to aid a pregnant mother

This award is presented on a quarterly basis to the dispatcher who demonstrates superior initiative, determination, and thoroughness in the performance of their duties. The dispatcher is chosen by the director of the division.

Chief McKinley and Traci Cooper.

On February 1st, Apopka Communications Technician Traci Cooper provided calm, compassionate and exemplary pre-arrivals to a pregnant mother and eventually, her newborn baby.  Apopka Fire Department commended Traci for her knowledge and professionalism during this call and advised that she was a huge asset to the patient prior to the ambulance arrival.

Note: The Apopka Police Department would like to give a special thanks to Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts and Publix Supermarkets for providing breakfast for our staff this morning. Without these community partnerships, our jobs would be impossible.

1 COMMENT

  1. Congratulations to you both! Outstanding! #Apopka Proud…. Now when are the general employees of the COA quarterly awards coming up?

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