The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for May 2012 is Sergeant Karel Rodriguez who is currently assigned to the Uniform Patrol, Afternoon Shift. Sergeant Tim Belcher nominated him for his hard work, dedication and fine police work in the following case:
On April 17, 2012, Sergeant Rodriguez was actively patrolling the area of NE 131 Street and NE 11 Avenue, when he observed three male subjects carrying a large television from the rear yard of a home on NE 131 Street. The subjects were attempting to load the television into an awaiting 1998 black Buick Regal. Officer Rodriguez noticed the suspicious activity and kept visual contact on the subjects. As Sergeant Rodriguez approached the subjects to investigate further, the subjects fled on foot. Officer Rodriguez immediately apprehended the driver of the awaiting getaway vehicle. He quickly issued a “Be On The Lookout” (BOLO), via the police radio for the subjects at large. North Miami Police K-9, along with additional police units, responded to the area to conduct a search for the subjects. During the K-9 search, a second subject was located hiding in a rear yard. Sergeant Rodriguez responded to the location and positively identified the subject. The subjects were transported to NMPD for processing.
The victim responded home and was advised of the burglary to his residence and that two subjects were in custody. The victim positively identified the television as the one stolen from his home. Sergeant Rodriguez conducted a search of the victim’s residence and located the forced point of entry.
Sergeant Rodriguez is to be commended for his keen observation, initiative, due diligence and proactive policing. His dedication to his duty and his quality work product exemplify the high standards of the North Miami Police Department. Thanks to the efforts of Officer Rodriguez, two burglars were taken into custody and the victim’s property was processed and immediately returned without damage.
Sergeant Rodriguez was chosen as Officer of the Month for May 2012 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Noon.