Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr. has received a leadership award from the National Latino Peace Officers Association.
The law enforcement group cited Lopez's law enforcement and leadership skills as it handed out the award at the association's convention last week in Denver.
Lopez became Durham's police chief in September 2007 after serving more than 23 years with the police department in Hartford, Conn., where he retired as assistant chief.
"He came in, in my opinion, with the right attitude," said Durham Mayor Bill Bell, who added that the chief has made himself available to the community. "He doesn't shoot from the hip," Bell said. "He looks at things very carefully before he comes up with an answer."
The award was presented to Lopez by Louis Quijas, retired assistant director of the FBI and former chief of the High Point Police Department. Quijas was the first Latino police chief in North Carolina. Lopez is the second.