A Milpitas police dispatcher has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Forty-one-year-old Daniel Palmer was taken into custody on Thursday in Tracy. Officials said he has been with the department for 15 years.

“The Milpitas Police Department is saddened and shocked by these allegations, and will continue to cooperate fully with the Tracy Police Department,” Chf. Steve Pangelinan wrote in a press release. “During this difficult time, there will be no interruption to the highest-quality, professional and responsive police services the Milpitas community has come to expect and appreciate.”

Palmer was named Dispatcher of the Year in 2010.

Palmer has been a dispatcher with Milpitas police since 2001. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, police said.