Officer of the Year
Officer of the Year
Officer Lionel Munguia began his service with the Soledad Police Department on April 2003, his eagerness to continually improve himself and to become the best he can be is both readily apparent and inspiring.
Lionel is currently the Department's School Resource Officer. He is involved in many school programs, in which he interacts closely with school staff and students. These positive interactions have increased communication between police, students, school staff, and the community. The following are a few programs he is involved with:
- Conducts school presentations such as: gang and drug awareness, sexual battery, bullying, and fighting.
Every 15 Minutes Program is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. This powerful program challenges students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.
- A DUI court trial is presented at the Soledad High School where students are able to view a real court trail first hand. The court trail is conducted by a real judge, attorneys, and a defendant.
Lionel is also one of the Department's Active Shooter instructors. He is responsible for coordinating a training exercise which involves school staff and local law enforcement agencies to respond and react when an active shooter is on a school site. The exercise teaches school staff and students how to react when a major incident occurs.
Lionel is recognized as a very hard worker who goes out of his way for others. He is liked and respected by his coworkers, professional peers, and members of the community. He has demonstrated that he is committed to the Department’s Mission which is, “Work with the community to efficiently and effectively ensure the public safety in a professional manner.”
We are pleased to recognize and honor Officer Lionel Munguia as the Soledad Police Department Officer of the Year for 2012.