Riverhead resident Byron Perez dons the navy blue uniform of a Riverhead Town police officer by day. Mr. Perez, who was hired in December 2014, is the department’s first full-time Hispanic officer. Speaking fluent Spanish, he has been working on bridging the gap between local law enforcement and the town’s growing Hispanic population. READ
Highlights of the good work conducted this year by the Riverhead Town Police Department include rescuing a sleeping man from a burning mobile home, helping a group of stranded teenagers and hiring its first full-time cop of Hispanic heritage.
The 31st annual “Say No to Drugs” march on Friday afternoon was led by Riverhead police officer Byron Perez, the honored guest and keynote speaker. Mr. Perez is the first full-time Hispanic, bilingual police officer in Riverhead. He’s a 2003 Riverhead High School graduate and son of Guatemalan immigrants.
From time to time, Riverhead Police Officer Byron Perez glances over at the badge on the shoulder of his police uniform. It’s the seal of the Riverhead Town Police Department, the force of the only home Mr. Perez has ever known.
Since he was a child, Mr. Perez dreamed of joining that department. Now 31 years old, he said it’s hard to believe he’s making history as a Riverhead cop. READ