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2016 LAGUNA NIGUEL DEPUTY OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT & 2016 MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS DEUCE AWARD RECIPIENT
Deputy John Hopkins
Deputy John Hopkins comes from a long line of public servants and knew early on that he wanted to work in law enforcement. His grandfather served as a Darby’s Ranger during World War II, and later returned to the US to serve as a motor cop for the Los Angeles Police Department. His father served in the 82nd Airborne in the Korean War. It’s only fitting that John felt a calling to serve his fellow man. He was offered employment by multiple police agencies, but chose Orange County Sheriff’s Department for the diversity that working for one of the largest counties in the nation afforded. He graduated the academy in 2006 and began working at Theo Lacy Maximum Security Jail. After 2 years at Theo Lacy, John transferred to the courthouse as a detention officer. He worked his way up to managing all prisoner intakes at the court house, which involved coordinating with multiple department agencies.
In 2013, John passed patrol training and was sent to the city of Laguna Niguel where he quickly promoted to a field training officer. John had 76 DUI arrests in 2015 while simultaneously training 8 deputies. He has proven himself as an asset to the department and he hopes to promote to investigator as the next step in his career.
2016 SADDLEBACK VALLEY AMERICAN LEGION MEDAL OF MERIT RECIPIENT
Deputy Derek Bishop
Deputy Derek Bishop was a rambunctious kid when he was growing up. He encountered police officers while exploring his boundaries. Every one of those officers impressed him with their professionalism, kindness, fairness, ability to communicate, and desire and effort to help his parents keep him out of trouble. These are the qualities that he has developed throughout his life, while serving over 4 years with the United States Marine Corps, and now with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department where he has been serving for over 10 years. These are the qualities that have made him the man and leader that he is today.
Derek is a member of the Critical Incident Response Team and a Field Training Officer. He is recognized by his supervisors and peers for his teamwork, ability to communicate and find common ground with everyone he meets, to train not only his trainees but also his peers when they have questions, and for his ability to accomplish the task at hand even when he knows it won’t be an easy one. Words used by his peers and supervisors to describe Derek include “professional”, the “unique way in which he communicates”, “treats everyone with respect”, “command presence”, “actively engages”, “patient”, and “fair”.
2015 MEDAL FOR LIFESAVING RECIPIENT
Deputy Apryl Soapes
Deputy Apryl Soapes joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2005 and became a Patrol Deputy for Laguna Niguel Police Services in 2013.
On May 28, 2014, Deputy Soapes was dispatched to a home where parents found an unconscious child. When Deputy Soapes arrived on scene, she determined that the 1-year-old victim had a pulse, but was blue and not breathing. When she began her assessment of the victim, she realized the child’s tongue was swollen and blocking their airway.
Deputy Soapes then did a chin-lift on the victim, clearing their airway and allowing them to breathe, holding the chin-lift and monitoring the child’s breathing until paramedics arrived.
Her skill, observation, and quick action saved the child’s life.
2015 SADDLEBACK VALLEY AMERICAN LEGION MEDAL OF MERIT RECIPIENT
Deputy Ryan Fullerton
Deputy Ryan Fullerton joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in May 2002 and became a Patrol Deputy in the City of Laguna Niguel in August 2009. In March 2014, he was assigned to the prestigious Directed Enforcement Team (DET) for the City of Laguna Niguel.
There, Deputy Fullerton was immediately assigned as the case agent for the ATM Bandit and the Maid Burglar cases, cases of immense regional impact and importance. Through Deputy Ryan Fullerton’s leadership, training and experience, and with the assistance of all members of the Directed Enforcement Team and using sound investigative skills and techniques the ATM Bandit, his crew and the Maid Burglars were identified and taken into custody. Their identification and arrest led to solving numerous crimes throughout Orange County and in the City of Laguna Niguel as well as the recovery of large amounts of stolen cash and property, which was returned to its rightful owners.
2015 LAGUNA NIGUEL DEPUTY OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT
Deputy Jerry Phillips
Deputy Jerry Phillips joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in April 2006 and became a Patrol Deputy for Laguna Niguel Police Services in June 2011 where he has distinguished himself as a superior Patrol Deputy
Due to his motivation, training, and dedication to the law enforcement community he was chosen to be a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics team in 2013. Because of his demeanor, commitment, and knowledge of law enforcement procedure and tactics, he was chosen to be a Field Training Officer in the City of Laguna Niguel in 2013 and later was chosen to be a member of the Laguna Niguel Special Enforcement Team in 2015
His team spirit, knowledge, dedication and commitment led him to be chosen by his peers and supervisors to be the Laguna Niguel Police Services Deputy of the Year in 2015 and was also awarded the Saddleback Valley Elks Deputy of the Year and the Laguna Niguel Rotary Top Cop for 2015.
2015 MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS DEUCE AWARD RECIPIENT
Deputy John Hopkins
Deputy John Hopkins joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in May 2006 and became a Patrol Deputy in the City of Laguna Niguel in June 2013. He immediately expressed an interest in specialized training for and enforcement of Driving Under the Influence crimes upon completing his Field Training Program.
Deputy Hopkins led as an example to his fellow deputies and the law enforcement community arresting 76 impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in 2014, saving countless lives and preventing countless accidents in with his tireless enforcement efforts safeguarding the community against drunk and impaired drivers.
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
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