February 11, 2020
Officer Reyna Pedro
In her short time in law enforcement Officer Reyna Pedro has had a profound impact for good in our police department and our community. With her accomplishments, and her example of hard work, empathy, service and compassion, its no wonder that the NAACP have recently honored her with the First Responder Award.
After starting her career in November of 2017, Officer Pedro’s immediate hard work and determination led her to become the department’s first-ever female K-9 handler in April of 2019. Since completing K-9 school, Officer Pedro and K-9 Zeus have completed more than a hundred K-9 responses, helping remove many different forms of drugs off the streets. In addition, Reyna and Zeus have participated in numerous public events that have helped foster positive relationships within the community.
Officer Pedro has also excelled in her position as a N.O.V.A. officer, where she works with sixth-grade students in our community to help them to seek out positive opportunities, internalize good values, and accept accountability for their choices in life. Officer Pedro treats and teaches her students with a profound amount of respect and in turn her students look up to her as a role model. We fully expect to see at least one of her students grow up to become a law enforcement officer merely because of her example.
Officer Pedro is eager serve the community, which is why in 2018 she was awarded the police department’s annual Community Policing Award. She has volunteered to help with many community events in both American Fork and Cedar Hills. From patrolling the streets, assisting with parades, shopping with less fortunate, teaching in schools, engaging our Hispanic population, and even sitting in dunk tanks, Reyna Pedro is always ready and willing to serve.
For someone who must deal with the bad in our community it’s even more impressive that she can stand tall and represent what’s good. We value and appreciate Officer Pedro. For this reason, we want to honor Reyna by giving her this Hero Award and declaring February 11, 2020 “Officer Reyna Pedro” day in American Fork City.