AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSince joining the LAPD five years ago, Mu iz has coordinated campaigns on Spanish media outlets. He organized the largest one-day recruitment event in LAPD history, which drew hundreds of applicants to the Latino Recruitment Expo. He also created an essay contest for middle school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 PICO RIVERA – Although he is only in his early 30s, Pico Rivera resident Pedro Mu iz has made a significant impact on the Los Angeles Police Department’s Latino outreach efforts, according to Union Bank of California officials, who selected Mu iz for the bank’s annual Local Hero of the Year award. “He has an impressive career for being in his early 30s,” said Alicia Romero, assistant vice president of public relations with the bank. “Usually, it takes people longer than that to have an extraordinary r sum .” Bank officials are crediting the 32-year-old Mu iz with building cultural bridges between the LAPD and the Spanish-speaking community. He’s also being praised for helping capture a murder suspect by arranging for detectives to appear on Spanish-language television, which generated a flood of tips from the public, LAPD officials said. Mu iz, who works as a LAPD public relations specialist, was honored last month as one of five Local Hero of the Year recipients. The awards are given in conjunction with Latino Heritage Month. Strengthening ties between the Latino community and police is an integral of the job, Mu iz said. “There’s people from Mexico or Central America, and in their countries the view of law enforcement is negative. So when they come here as immigrants, they may be afraid of getting in touch with police,” Mu iz said. “We’re trying not only to teach the laws, but we’re also making them realize there are police officers that are Spanish-speaking and came from the same places they’re from.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!