Protecting los niños
Years of service: Eleven years. I worked out of South Mountain precinct for the first seven years as a patrol officer.
Professional honors: Medal of Merit, Community Policing Award, Employee of the Month at South Mountain Precinct.
Duties: I currently investigate crimes committed against children, which include child abuse, child neglect, child molestation, sexual abuse, sexual assault and cases of sexual conduct with a minor.
What made you want to become a police officer? I actually wanted to apply for the U.S. Marshals Service and needed law enforcement experience. I applied with Phoenix police, was hired, and it turned out I found a great home.
Memorable mission: When I was working as a patrol officer, I was asked to work a month-long assignment investigating money laundering and human smuggling cases with DPS.
Based on the success of that DPS investigation, I was asked to work a three-month, undercover assignment to assist in the Maryvale Revitalization Project. Both assignments were rewarding and great learning experiences and helped me get my current position.
How do you “decompress”? Nothing beats a hike or an off-road ride out in the desert to clear your head. Most weekends you’ll find me in the Superstition Mountains, the Mogollon Rim, or Sedona/Flagstaff area.
The rest of my time off is spent with my girlfriend or with family; I realize I would not be where I am at today were it not for them.
Service satisfaction: Working with a great group of people. I’ve learned so much from everyone I’ve worked with – from my partner in patrol to my current partner as a detective. There is also no better feeling than to have a case go to trial and have the bad guy convicted.
If not detective, what would your job title be? My intent during my last years at ASU was to go into teaching. My mom, several aunts, uncles and cousins are teachers; it must be in our blood. I still consider the possibility of becoming a teacher once I retire.
Advice to others considering police work: Go for it! I can’t imagine anything more rewarding.