An Ocala Police Department officer was recognized this week for his 25 years of service to the community.
Officer Jorge A. Fernandez began his career with OPD in 1997. During his time as a patrol officer, he earned multiple commendations for his work and service to the local community. Over the years, he would become a SWAT team member, a Field Training Officer, driving instructor, and a detective.
While in the Investigative Services Bureau, Fernandez worked as a detective in the property crimes and major crimes sections. He was committed to investigating crimes against people, including homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, and sexual crimes.
As a detective, Fernandez received commendations for his investigative techniques, earned several group awards, and was given a Chief’s Award for his investigative efforts which led to multiple sexual crime cases being closed in court.
Fernandez later joined the Traffic Unit, and his duties included enforcing traffic laws and inspecting the approved towing companies that worked accidents within the city.
Currently, Fernandez is a School Resource Officer at Howard Middle School where he mentors students and promotes a positive image of law enforcement. With assistance from OPD and various private donations, Fernandez has assisted several students in need and their families with Thanksgiving dinners and bicycles.
During this week’s Ocala City Council meeting, which was held on Tuesday at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue), Mayor Kent Guinn recognized Fernandez for his 25 years of service to the city.
The Ocala Police Department thanked Fernandez in a social media post. “Thank you, Officer Fernandez, for your 25 years of service to the city of Ocala. We appreciate all you’ve done and continue to do.”