OVER 65 Years
Orlando Police Officer C.Y. Rollerson was the first in her
immediate family to start a career in law enforcement. Twenty-five years ago she
joined the Orlando Police Department with the hopes of helping to protect the
citizens of Orlando. Two years later she convinced her younger sister, Denise
Brown, to apply as a civilian Community Service Officer. Seeing his older
sisters’ love of OPD, Reggie Smith joined the OPD family. Together the siblings
have served the citizens of Orlando with over 65 years of service.
In our meeting, the siblings spent much time reminiscing
about the changes they have seen in the Orlando community and the Orlando Police
In her 25 years with the Orlando Police Department, C.Y.
has worked in Patrol, Property Investigations, Crimes Against Children and Sex
Crimes. In her current position as a School Resource Officer, she has bonded
with students at Dr Phillips High School, Carver Middle School and the
Alternative Center for Truancy. C.Y. began embracing community oriented policing
as early as 1983 while patrolling the Ivey Lane area. Her dedication to the
residents, and specifically the children of Orlando, makes her a perfect officer
to work in the schools. C.Y. is active in the YMCA Achievers program as well as
the Teen Crime Prevention Academy.
Denise Brown has spent 24 years with the Orlando Police
Department as a civilian. Currently working as the Records Unit Supervisor, she
has also worked as a Community Service Officer and Community Service Officer
Supervisor, as well as working in OPD’s Criminal Investigative Division. Denise
has a great level of respect for the people she works with on a daily basis. She
treats everyone with dignity- spreading her positive attitude to everyone she
meets. When not at work, Denise is very much involved in her church and also
fills the role as Super Mom to her family.
Reggie Smith was the last in his family to join OPD.
Reggie entered the Police Academy after serving four years with the US Marine
Corps. A member of the OPD family for 17 years, he has worked in Patrol, the
Bike Unit, Uniform and Undercover Drugs as well as Motors. Reggie tries to
always be approachable, yet does not sugar coat what he says. When asked about
his most memorable experience with OPD, he recalls the murder of an unarmed
convenience store clerk and the subsequent arrest of the suspect. In addition to
numerous team awards, Reggie has received an Award of Commendation for
apprehending an armed suspect without using deadly force. In his free time
Reggie spends time with his family, and loves to golf and ride his motorcycle.
Since starting with the Orlando Police Department, the
siblings have seen many changes within the agency and the community. Changes in
technology, diversity and uniform color are just a few that the family has seen.
When CY patrolled 25 years ago, she had to check out her car and radio at the
beginning of every shift. She could count the number of black female officers on
one hand. Reggie’s academy class was the first to wear blue, rather than brown
uniforms. Today the siblings see better training and sharing of information
along with incredible advances in technology.
C.Y., Denise, and Reggie grew up in Orlando, with a large
extended family that still meets every Sunday for supper. Raised in a two-parent
family, the siblings were taught strong values, morals and respect for others.
The siblings have built countless friendships within the Orlando Police
Department and by doing so have helped to spread the family atmosphere within