Bio

Dennis Rodriguez, a Bronx native, is a member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and is presently assigned as a Supervisory Sergeant in the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF), a prestigious federal drug enforcement task force that consists of NYPD Narcotics Detectives and Sergeants, New York State Police (NYSP) Investigators, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents. Prior to being assigned to the NYDETF, Sergeant Rodriguez began his career with the NYPD on July 5, 1989, when he was assigned as a patrol Police Officer in the violent 34th Police Precinct in the Washington Heights section of New York City.

After demonstrating tremendous ability as a NYPD Police Officer in the 34th Police Precinct, Sergeant Rodriguez was promoted to the position of Detective in May 1998, and was then promoted to the position of Sergeant in August 2001. More recently, in March 2008, Sergeant Rodriguez was promoted to the position of Sergeant Supervisor Detective.

During his nearly 23-year career with the NYPD, Sergeant Rodriguez has served as a member of various prestigious police units, all of which have primarily been tasked with targeting and dismantling local, domestic and/or international drug trafficking organizations. In addition to working in the 34th Police Precinct, Sergeant Rodriguez has worked in the Organized Crime Control Bureau, the Bronx Narcotics Unit, the Bronx Major Case Narcotics Unit, and the 19th Police Precinct. For the past 10 years, Sergeant Rodriguez has been assigned to NYDETF, where he supervises a federal narcotics group that consists of NYPD Detectives, NYSP Investigators and DEA Special Agents. Sergeant Rodriguez has been a highly successful in targeting and dismantling drug organizations, as evidence by his numerous awards from the City of New York, the NYPD, the DEA and other organizations.

Sergeant Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College in Criminal Justice, and has been married to his wife Sabina also a Police Officer for 17 years. Sergeant Rodriguez and Sabina have three children: Jonathan (24), Crystal (23), and Denise (16).


Statement

For nearly 23 years, I have dedicated my professional life to the betterment of society by enforcing drug laws and eradicating society of those drug traffickers who are responsible for flooding our streets with drugs and drug-related violence. My drive and interest in helping and protecting others, however, spills over into my personal life, and has driven me to become part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. As a husband and father of three children, I cannot imagine anything worse than losing a child, and I want to contribute my time and energy into this worthwhile cause with the hope that, one day, a cure will be found for Pontine Glioma so that no other families will have to experience what my good friend John “Gungie” Rivera and his Family had to endure with the loss of Cristian to this disease.