San Jacinto College Police Department Names Officer of the Year

The San Jacinto College Police Department honored officer Jesse Mendoza as its 2018 Officer of the Year at a reception on the College’s South Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Mendoza was chosen for the award by his fellow officers.

“I’m so thankful for all the support from everyone,” Mendoza said. “I’m very humbled and so honored.”

Since starting at San Jacinto College four years ago, Mendoza has become a training officer, teaching new recruits about the College and its policies and procedures; as well as a certified instructor for CPR and first aid for instruction to both officers and the community.

“Officer Mendoza is never without a smile and he has the ability to make everyone around him feel better and more comfortable,” said Bruce Caldwell, San Jacinto College Police Chief. “He proves year after year to be a top performer and finds time to figure out ways for the department to be involved with charity work.”

Mendoza also leads the efforts of the San Jacinto College Police Department on fundraising and volunteering with the Law Enforcement Torch run and Tip-a-Cop benefitting the Special Olympics. Under his leadership and through the efforts of the department, San Jacinto College police officers have raised more than $9,000 for Special Olympics.