Deputy Michelle Rodriguez 2013 Laguna Niguel Deputy of the Year
Deputy Michelle Rodriguez has worked for Laguna Niguel Police Services for the past four years and has been assigned to the Community Support Unit for the past two years. She possess a unique skill set that includes the knowledge of a patrol deputy and the administrative abilities to keep pace with the deadlines of her busy assignment in Community Support.
Deputy Rodriguez wears many hats in her position, including the assignment of being the city’s Drug Liaison Officer. She presents drug education and Character Counts programs in the city’s elementary schools, drug awareness at the schools during Red Ribbon Week, and provides prizes and giveaways for children. She is also the training coordinator Police Services employees, making sure all mandated training is completed on-time.
Deputy Rodriguez presents many Officer Friendly programs throughout the year for schools and scouting groups. She also coordinates and supervises events in the city, including concerts, dances and bike rodeos, National Drug Take-Back Days, shredding events, and high school graduation. She prepares emergency action plans for the city’s Italian Festival, Holiday Parade, Moon the Amtrak and other large-scale events where there is a significant law enforcement presence. In addition to producing these emergency plans, Deputy Rodriguez also organizes the staffing and coordinates and supervises the volunteers at the events. She also coordinates safety fairs at a variety of venues throughout the year.
To say Deputy Rodriguez stays busy would be an understatement. She is involved in nearly every group related to Police Services, yet makes herself available when additional work comes up. She is a leader in the office and city and meets the high standards of the Sheriff’s Department and American Legion. For these reasons and many more, Deputy Michelle Rodriguez is deserving of the American Legion Medal of Merit.