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Fredrick Kotto

Fred began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 1996.  He worked patrol, Metro, and Narcotics.  Fred was promoted to Sergeant in 2008. 


Fred was a high school Track & Field state champion in the 400 meter dash.  After high school, he ran track at the University of Washington.  He was one of the top 400 meter sprinters in the world with a personal best of 46.2 seconds.  He earned a varsity letter as a true freshman.

Fred was also a running back for the University of Washington, who were then ranked #1 in the country.  He averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

Months before the 1998 U.S. Olympic Trials, a motorcycle accident destroyed his left knee.  Doctors said walking normally would be a challenge and running would be impossible.  Having never boxed before, Fred began his boxing career in 1996 under the training of his coach, Sgt. Candy Lopez.

Here is a list of Fred's boxing accomplishments:

  • 1996: Baddest Badge in the Bay - CHAMPION

  • 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: California Police Olympics - GOLD 

  • 2000: USA Boxing Northern California Amateur Championships - CHAMPION

  • 2001: World Police & Fire Games - SILVER

Fred also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials where he suffered the first lost of his career.  He also fought in the TV series, "The Contender."  Fred's boxing record stands at 19 wins, 2 losses, 17 knockouts.

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

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