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APD officer honored after busy first few months on the job

Joy Wang
July 15, 2018 02:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Being a police officer is not an easy job.

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It takes courage and dedication—qualities that seem natural for new Albuquerque Police Officer Stephanie Cockerill.

On Saturday night at the Albuquerque Sol game, the hometown hero was honored and got a round-trip flight to any place Alaska Airline flies to.

Prior to being honored, Cockerill said she's just been doing what she was trained to do.

“It's always an amazing feeling, but, you know, I'm grateful and I'm honored. Especially to be able to represent the police department in this aspect,” she said.

APD says she arrested a suspect on a homicide warrant on her first day. Court documents say he's suspected of killing a 14-year-old in a drive-by shooting in 2015.

Then came the arroyo rescue, where police say Cockerill saw a woman in a flooded arroyo not moving, began CPR and dragged her up the channel wall until other first responders arrived to help.

That same month, APD says she helped take a female suspect into custody at an officer-involved shooting in a Smith's parking lot.

All of this in her first six months.

“It's been eventful to say the least,” Cockerill said.

That's why she's now a hometown hero.

This weekend she was honored in front of the Albuquerque Sol crowd, thanked for going above and beyond after taking an oath to protect and serve.

“I'm really honored to receive this award and to help our community in any way that I possibly can, especially through my training and experience,” Cockerill said.

APD says the department has been recruiting across the country, trying to get more officers en route to a more diverse department, including more female officers.

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