Bloomington Police Officer Mike Perron was named the 2021 Bloomington Optimist Club Respect for Law Officer of the Year. A 15-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD), Perron is known for his contributions to the City, outside agencies and the community.
In calls for service, Perron performs with heroism, patience, compassion and the willingness to lead in many high-stress and high-profile calls. Perron shares his work experience with newly hired officers and plays an active role in community engagement and racial equity programming. With his work to implement the Ask an Officer program, Perron has gone outside of his regular duties to respond to emails and have hard discussions about policing with community members.
In 2014, Perron joined the BPD’s K-9 Unit. Perron’s K-9 Unit expertise shows a high level of dedication, training and service, not only to the City but to outside agencies. Perron has been a member of the U.S. Police Canine Association (USPCA) since 2016 and has been on the board for four years. In 2019, he was appointed USPCA president and has been instrumental in developing its program into one of the most highly regarded in the state.