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Candelerio "Candy" Lopez

Candy joined the San Jose Police Department in 1976.  Candy was a member of the San Jose Police Department soccer team for 19 years, winning 1 silver and 5 bronze medals.  As impressive as that is, it pales in comparison to his numerous boxing career titles and coaching accomplishments.  

Candy is the only California Police Olympics competitor to win gold medals in three different decades: the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  He is also the only California Police Olympics competitor to be undefeated over an extended career.

Here is a list of Candy's accomplishments:

  • Boxing record: 18 wins, 0 losses.

  • Holds 8 California Police Olympics titles.

  • Holds 1 International Police Games title.

  • Holds 1 World Police & Fire Games title.

  • 29-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

  • Boxing Coordinator for the first World Police & Fire Games in 1985.

  • Boxing Coordinator for the 2001 California Police Olympics.

  • Has coached the SJPD Boxing team since 1980.

  • Coached amateur boxing with the San Jose PAL program since 1977.

  • One of the USA Olympic Boxing Team coaches for the 2000 Olympics.

  • Member of the PAAF Board of Directors from 1983-2005, serving a term as Vice President.

For his outstanding athletic accomplishments, Sergeant Candy Lopez is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

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