LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
Captain John DeRocha
Captain John DeRocha, a 24-year employee of the Sheriff's Office, grew up in Copake, New York and is a 1987 graduate of the Taconic Hills School District and a 1990 graduate of the Zone 14 Police Academy.
Captain DeRocha was hired at the Sheriff's office in 1990 as a Corrections Officer by then Sheriff James Bertram. From 1990 to 1995 he served part time as a Police Officer with the Copake Police Department. In 1995 he was assigned to the Law Enforcement Division as a Deputy Sheriff and in 2001 was promoted to Sergeant. In January 2014, he was appointed to Law Enforcement Division Captain by Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
Over the course of his career Captain DeRocha has received certification in Special Weapons and Tactics Certification from the U.S. Department of Justice, Certification in Police Supervision from New York State Division of Criminal Justice and further training in handling of Animal Cruelty Cases, Fraudulent Document Investigation, Counter Terrorism Awareness Training, FAA Law Enforcement Officer Flying Armed Training and Civil Procedure-Phase 1 Training.
During Captain DeRocha's service as a Supervisor for the Sheriff's Office, he has been assigned as the Station Supervisor at the Sheriff's Office Sub Station located in Hillsdale and he was also assigned as the Supervisor of the Sheriff's Resident Deputy Program.
Captain DeRocha is a life member of the Copake Fire District and presently holds the title of Chief for the Fire District.
John resides in Copake with his wife Krista and two daughters Taylor and Kylee.
Lieutenant Wayne Lopez
Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, a 16 year employee of the Sheriff's Office, grew up in Copake and is a 1988 graduate of the Taconic Hills School District. Lieutenant Lopez earned an Associates Degree from Columbia-Greene Community College and successfully completed Zone 14 Police Academy in 1994.
Lieutenant Lopez began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Town of Copake Police Department as a part-time police officer. In 1998, he was hired at the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Law Enforcement Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002, First Sergeant (assigned to the Civil Division) in 2010, and appointed as Lieutenant for the Law Enforcement Division in 2014 by Sheriff David Bartlett.
During the course of his career, Lieutenant Lopez has received certification in Police Supervision, Field Training Officer, Civil Procedure Phase 1 & 2 and Public Safety Diving.
He is currently the Dive Team Commander for the Sheriff's Office Dive Team.
Wayne resides in Kinderhook with his wife and three children.
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