Bradenton police names top female officer of week

BRADENTON — Master Patrol Officer Yolanda Cox has been named Female Officer of the Week by the Bradenton Police Department.

The Springsfield, Mass., native moved to Florida at age 11, graduated from Bayshore High School and attended Manatee Community College and the Manatee Technical Institute Law Enforcement Academy where she received her law enforcement certification.

In 2004, Cox was hired by the BPD and now is a field training officer. Cox has served in the Narcotics Division, Street Crimes Unit and as a business beat officer.

She has received recognition from the Bradenton Fire Department and emergency medical services for reviving an individual who was not breathing. She also received an administrative accommodation for stopping a robbery in progress. She has received been named BPD Officer of the Month three times.

Cox, fluent in English and Spanish, initiated the BPD Christmas Fundraiser to help less fortunate families.