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Friday, July 16, 2010

Detective Janet Lopez Returns From Deployment

Detective Janet Lopez, a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1999, has returned from her military deployment in Iraq. Detective Lopez, a member of the 747th Military Police Company based out of Ware, Massachusetts, joined the National Guard in 1995. She currently holds the rank of Sergeant First Class and is assigned as a Platoon Sergeant in her Military Police Company. Detective Lopez began this deployment to Iraq on July 5, 2009. This was Detective Lopez’s second deployment after first serving in Afghanistan in 2003.
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A graduate of Belchertown High School in 1996, Detective Lopez currently resides in Springfield with her two-year-old son, Angelo. Detective Lopez’s parents, Mayra and Dana DiCocco, also of Springfield, cared for Angelo during her deployment.
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Chief Livingstone stated, “I am very happy and relieved that Detective Lopez has returned home safely. I am certain that she has served her country with distinction, and we look forward to her return to work after a much deserved vacation.” It is anticipated that Detective Lopez will return to the Amherst Police Department in mid-August, 2010.
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During her 11 years with the Amherst Police Department, Detective Lopez was assigned to the patrol division for six years before being reassigned to the Detective Bureau in 2005. In her current position, Detective Lopez is the Department's Court Liaison Officer. She is an Adventure Ropes Course instructor, a child passenger safety seat technician, a defensive tactics instructor, and she is a member of the Amherst Police Department’s Warrant Entry Team.
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While deployed, Detective Lopez sent to the Amherst Police Department a United States Flag that was flown over the Al Asad Airbase, at the 747th Military Police Company’s Tactical Operation Center in Anbar Province, Iraq. This flag will be encased and hung in the community room of the Amherst Police Department in honor of Detective Lopez and all service members who have served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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