The North Miami Police Department’s "Officer of the Month” for March 2013 is Officer Pedro Lao who is assigned to the Patrol Division, Midnight shift. Officer Lao has been with the North Miami Police Department for eight years and is the midnight shift Canine Officer. He was nominated by Sergeant Diana Roman for his insight, resourcefulness and dedication in the following instances:
On February 1, 2013, Officer Lao was a responding officer involving a customer dispute. The call was handled, but Officer Lao became suspicious when the subject walked away from the vehicle he had arrived in. Officer Lao conducted a records check on the vehicle’s tag, which revealed it to have been stolen from Miami Gardens. Instead of impounding the vehicle, Officer Lao, along with other officers, maintained surveillance of the vehicle. The subject and a companion returned, took possession of the vehicle, and before they drove away, were tactically stopped and taken into custody.
On February 2, 2013, Officer Lao responded to Keystone Point regarding four suspicious males. The area was saturated for an extended period of time to no avail. Officer Lao, along with back-up officers, remained behind and kept vigilant until one of the subjects finally emerged near a vacant house. The three remaining subjects were located hiding from officers by the residence’s boat dock. All four subjects were arrested for Loitering and Prowling. All subjects had pasts for robbery, theft, and burglary.
Officer Lao is a Field Training Officer on the midnight shift. As such, he continually imparts his knowledge, skills, and abilities to the recruits, in an effort to train and maintain the highest level of professional, ethical, and knowledgeable officers.
Officer Lao was chosen as Officer of the Month for March 2013 and will be honored at the Greater Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.