POLICE OFFICER OF THE MONTH -- October 2012
~ Officer Sam Luna ~
The Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Sam Luna has been chosen as Officer of the Month for October 2012. Make sure to congratulate Officer Luna when you see him - his nomination is below.
During the month of October, Officer Luna handled a total of 67 incidents, made 16 traffic stops which resulted in 10 arrests, made 3 self initiated felony arrests, 1 aggravated DUI arrest, and issued 22 citations and written warnings. He also attended a three-day training course which limited his patrol time for the month. One case in particular that Officer Luna investigated deserves added attention.
This particular case began as a routine misdemeanor warrant arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. While knocking on the door in an attempt to locate the suspect, Officer Luna saw the wanted person and noticed she was acting suspiciously, possibly attempting to hide drugs or other contraband. Officer Luna spoke with the suspect upon entering the residence and his suspicions of drug activity increased. He then conducted a consent search of the house and located heroin and paraphernalia used to inject heroin that belonged to the suspect. Officer Luna arrested the suspect on the active misdemeanor warrant and for possession of a controlled substance that he found during the search. Luna could have simply charged the suspect with possession of a controlled substance and closed the investigation. Instead, he developed rapport with the suspect during the booking process and gained her cooperation in working with MEGSI to purchase heroin from known dealers in Collinsville. The case was turned over to MEGSI for further investigation.
Officer Luna, while serving less than 2 years with the department, consistently displays professionalism and investigative skill well beyond his experience and treats every day as a new day to further develop. He has a positive attitude, even under the most trying circumstances or stressful situations. He consistently looks for leads “beyond the stop” and follows those leads to the end. His reports are always complete, concise, and written in a timely manner. Office Luna regularly volunteers to assist other members of the department and never treats the added work as a burden.
While Luna is the newest member of patrol, he is continually a top performer on B Squad. He is a dedicated and efficient officer whose work ethic and determination are a shining example for other officers to follow. His professionalism and team mentality help make the Collinsville Police Department the best law enforcement agency in the area. For these reasons and many more, Officer Luna has earned recognition as Officer of the Month for October, 2012.