At their annual Downtown Update, held on September 26th at the Kissimmee Civic Center, the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council awarded the first quarterly recipient of their Back the Blue Awards honoring KPD’s finest.
Corporal Charles Popp is assigned to the Major Crimes Unit of the Police Department. He is charged with investigating and supervising detectives who investigate crimes against children, home invasions, sex crimes, robberies, and homicides. Corporal Popp can be described as a problem solver. Corporal Popp took it upon himself to develop a new system of tracking sexual offenders and notifying the public of their whereabouts. This system allows for our Department to track the sexual offenders living in the City and readily ensure they are following their restrictions, and if they are found not to comply, are charged appropriately. Further, Corporal Popp ensures that the detectives speak to all the registered sexual offenders at back to school time as well as at Halloween when children are likely to be around. Taking on the task of protecting our most vulnerable residents is but one example of Corporal Popp’s dedication to the Department and to the City. Corporal Popp is a person that anyone in the Kissimmee Police Department can go to for guidance, advice, and coaching while investigating a difficult crime.
The Back the Blue initiative was instigated by 2019 Kissimmee Chamber Chairman Rob Rosen to honor the finest law enforcement individuals at both KPD and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department.