Due to his diligence in combatting drug crimes, Detective Rick Cox of the Petaluma Police Department will be awarded the Enrique Camarena state-level award on Friday, May 16, in Palm Springs.

The Elk Lodge's Enrique Camarena Award is named for DEA agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered while investigating the Mexican drug cartel in 1985.

The award is bestowed on officers who are a positive role model with outstanding contribution in the field of drug awareness and prevention.

Cox has been a police officer with Petaluma Police Department for 19 years and during his tenure as a K-9 officer, he and K-9, Max, made numerous arrests of suspects for narcotic violations and seized hundreds of pounds of illegal narcotics. Cox and Max also performed numerous community talks to schools, service groups and business owners. Because of his hard work and excellent skills he was assigned to a Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force in 2008. Detective Cox was nominated by Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons for the regional Enrique Camarena award, which made him eligible for the state award.