Corporal Derek Queen and K9 Dag have received the Employee of the Quarter Award for October - December 2016 and the 2016 Officer of the Year Award. Corporal Queen has been employed by the Cornelius Police Department since December 10th, 2010. K9 Dag has served as Officer Queen’s partner since joining our agency on October 8th, 2012.
Along with performing their daily duties here at our agency, Corporal Queen and K9 Dag have been assisting Homeland Security at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport for approximately 1 ½ years. During this time, they have been directly responsible for the seizure of approximately $597,000 in cash believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking. Corporal Queen and K9 Dag had one alert resulting in the seizure of approximately $157,000 in cash. In another incident, Corporal Queen and K9 Dag located almost ½ Kilo of Cocaine hidden in a powder milk bag resulting in a 2 year Federal sentence for the suspect.
K9 Dag had become a vital part of our agency. Not only was K9 Dag serving this town and department, he had become Corporal Queen’s trusted partner for over 4 years. Sadly, K9 Dag had to be put to sleep on October 28th, 2016 after his health declined rapidly. Corporal Queen’s actions reflect favorably upon himself, this department, and the Town of Cornelius.
Congratulations Corporal Queen and K9 Dag! Thank you for your service to our Department and the Town of Cornelius.