Law enforcement officers are hired to protect and serve our community. In doing so, they arrive for a shift every day, willing to put themselves in the line of fire to help a citizen in need, stand in the busy street and direct whirling traffic around them, knock on the door, and respond to a call. They leave their families at home, along with the struggles, concerns, and pressures of daily life, and put on their uniforms, not knowing what they will face in the hours ahead. Every day, they put their lives at risk for people they don’t know, all because they believe it is the right thing to do.
In Texarkana, several law enforcement agencies are privileged to serve us. The five officers we are featuring this month were all nominated by their departments for this recognition because of their dedication to the job and the citizens they have sworn to protect. They know that in the current political climate, officers have to work harder than ever to build trust with their communities, and they all explain in their profiles how they seek to achieve that goal. We appreciate their honesty and willingness to explain why they chose to become a law enforcement officer and believe this job is so important. Behind each of their uniforms is a story, and we are proud to share theirs.
By Anne Granado