The Winters Police Department has announced that Officer Jose Hermosillo is the 2017 Officer of the Year. Hermosillo was nominated by the supervisors at the Winters Police Department and selected by his peers.
Hermosillo was hired by the Winters Police Department in January 2014 after serving as a reserve deputy with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department and reserve officer with the Williams Police Department.
A press release from the Winters Police Department notes, “Hermosillo always has a positive and upbeat attitude, and provides outstanding service to the residents and visitors of Winters.”
Hermosillo was recognized for his continued dedicated efforts towards establishing a K9 program at Winters Police Department, which included securing a used K9 vehicle from another agency, seeking and receiving a grant from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, organizing several fundraisers including the “Howl-aween” and “Taste of Winters” raffle, and giving presentations to local groups.
He is also a field training officer and was involved in the training of all the officers and reserves hired this last year. Hermosillo serves as the department’s reserve coordinator for its recently reestablished reserve officer program.
Hermosillo was additionally recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his efforts in DUI enforcement for the second year in a row.
This is the second time Hermosillo has been recognized as the Winters Officer of the Year, receiving the honor in 2015 as well.