2018 NLPOA National Latina Officer of the Year

Captain Gonzalez was selected for her Law Enforcement Leadership and Commitment to Community Excellence. Gonzalez is a 25-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. Gonzalez graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Katherine has worked all areas of the city and in every bureau of the department. She has worked some of the most violent crime areas and units, including the gang/narcotics unit, “weed and seed” unit, the special investigations unit, and the Special Victims unit. Gonzalez serves as Precinct Captain of the South Omaha community where she was born and raised. Early in her career, Kathy was presented with the Lifesaving Award for her efforts in stopping a suicidal woman trying to jump off of a bridge. She was named Officer of the Month in November 2011, for her leadership on a Unified Command team assembled to prepare and protect Omaha during a potentially disastrous flood.

She was named Officer of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 by the Omaha Coalition of Citizens patrol. The Southeast precinct of the city is one of the busiest and most highest-profile precinct of the city, hosting major events like the College World Series, NCAA basketball and volleyball tournaments, Olympic Swim trials as well as many visiting dignitaries. Kathy was recently awarded the Ribbon of Excellence award for commanding and ensuring a safe environment during several protests, rallies and marches throughout 2017, many that had potential to become violent. Captain Gonzalez is active in the Omaha community, serving on several boards including the Nebraska LPOA-Omaha Chapter board, the South Omaha Business Association, the Juvenile Detention Assessment Center and Police Athletics for Community Engagement organization, where she also coaches young athletes. Kathy follows the motto “leave this place better than you found it.”