How did you end up here in Visalia?
In 1993 I was living in Porterville and was looking to get into law enforcement after attending the Reserve Police Officer Academy there. The Visalia Police Department was hiring for a Community Service Officer position that I applied for and got the job. I’ve been at the Visalia PD and here in Visalia ever since.
How did you get your start in this line of work?
I grew up in a law enforcement family, my dad worked for more than 30 years in law enforcement locally. I knew at an early age I wanted to either be in law enforcement or in the military. I got my start in this line of work when Visalia PD hired me as a Community Service Officer in 1993. I attended the Police Academy a couple of years later and Visalia PD has been my home.
Why are you passionate about your work?
Law enforcement is a service profession, and I truly believe that the service we provide makes a difference in our local communities, but also as a part of the fabric of this great nation. Despite the climate we have seen surrounding law enforcement in recent years, I believe that it continues to be one of the noblest of professions that is represented by good men and women who give of themselves every day to make our communities better to protect and to serve. I am honored to be a part of that and to work with these professionals daily.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
This is a dynamic profession that is influenced daily by so many external and internal factors, especially at the speed that information moves today. One of the biggest challenges is making sure that we as a department stay attuned to what is happening nationally but continue to provide the best quality service that we can to meet the needs of this community. The other side to that is ensuring that we are actively engaged and communicating with our community so that we are working together to meet the needs of Visalia and ensuring positive relationships that are so critical to public safety.
Tell us about a single moment when you realized this was the right occupation for you:
One of the most challenging, and yet most rewarding assignments, I’ve held as a police officer was during my assignment as a sex and violent crimes detective. I don’t know that I can pick one single moment during that assignment that was defining, but that role really allowed me to apply skills, work cases from beginning to end, and work for justice for victims of horrific crimes. That role really allowed me to employ empathy, training, and experience to make a difference. I’ve come across some of the victims on those cases later that expressed gratitude and those moments are when you know you’ve done something that mattered and this is the right job for you.
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
If I had to choose another career I’m pretty certain that it would have been a career in the military. Aside from law enforcement, that was really my only other desired career choice. I have a great deal of respect for our armed forces and our veterans. My dad and brother both served in the Army and I’m pretty certain that if I wasn’t here, that’s where I would be.
Tell as a little about life outside of work:
Right now life outside of work really revolves around the activities of my teenage daughters, and I really enjoy that family time. I love to spend time in the mountains, I enjoy reading, and I enjoy playing music when I can (guitar).
What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I like to play guitar and sing. Now it’s just a hobby I do now and then, but I’ve been in a country band before, played as part of a church music team, and played on mission trips in the US, Mexico, and Thailand. I love music.
What about Visalia makes this a good community to live and work in?
The people. I think that Visalia is a very giving and caring community that is willing to make the investments in making Visalia a better place. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community and for the people that I have come to know here either through work, church, or other activities. From a professional perspective, the Visalia Police Department is very fortunate to have the support and relationships that we have from every part of this community and that is something that I don’t take for granted.
Just for fun, if you were stranded on an island, what three objects would you take with you?
- A good knife.
- A good flint.
- A guitar.