I grew up in area that was economically depressed and the area was patrolled by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The deputies that patrolled the area treated the residents as equals and often took the time to speak with us (juveniles). They encouraged us to stay in school and were positive role models. Their teachings left a lasting impression on me and encouraged me "always do the right thing."
What interested me in becoming a Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy was, the opportunity to serve my community while working on a highly professional team with good pay and great benefits.
The always changing tasks where it is handling different calls or self initiated activity. There are always opportunities to learn and try new things.
The K9 unit position provides me a chance to interact with the community a lot more then anyone else on patrol. We are often called upon to do demonstrations at elementary schools, community organizations and community events. Having the K9 with us enables us to break the "ice" with a lot of people in the community because they are interested in the dog. This in turn helps us get our point across about important topics that the community should be aware of.
I made some life changing decisions growing up and I wanted to show my parents they raised a son they can be proud of.
It is exciting to know that I am setting a foundation by passing on knowledge and core values which would assist the trainee in making the right decisions throughout his/her career with the department.
I made a decision to pursue a career in law enforcement 15 years ago. I tried but failed a written test by one point. I passed the physical test with no problem. After going through life's challenges of divorce and taking the role of being a mother seriously, I gave my children the attention they deserved. Now that they were older I was free to devote more energy to my career, while still devoting my time to my teen aged children. I wanted to be a role model to them. In my year and half of being a sworn deputy sheriff, I have found that every month gets better and better.
I believe we have a good group of sworn and non-sworn personnel. Everyone works together as team and there is a good sense of camaraderie among the troops.
The opportunity to train every day and work my K9 Partner. We can go to any stations throughout the county to work and assist fellow deputies on searches.
Currently I am in a supervisory position in a custody setting. I see my current position as a great experience to teach and lead newly appointed deputies so they can become experienced and valuable members of our department. I take a pride in being able to pass on my experience.
Being a deputy sheriff was a childhood dream. I always admired deputies when I was growing up and wanted to be like them. I wanted to be able to act in emergencies and control critical situations. As a deputy I enjoy the confidence of knowing there are few situations in life that I can't handle. Standing in front of a group of children at a school assembly has always been one of my favorite assignments. Every day is different and challenging. Ultimately being able to help people is what makes the job satisfying
I longed for a career that would challenge me. I wanted to work with persons who shared the same goals, work ethic and pride in their job. I looked for a job with aspects to keep my interest. I had a strong need to assist the community and provide a role model for my friends and family.
My father, uncles, aunt and cousin and close family friends were all involved in law enforcement. I admired their strengths and desire to help people. I believed that their drive to put themselves in harms way to protect what they believe in had a lasting effect during my childhood. Later, as a young adult, I also began to realize the commitment and discipline it took for them to do the job they did everyday and I decided that I wanted to seek the same fulfilling career that I had seen so many of my family members take pride in doing.
During a career, one could work a new assignment every couple of years and still have not worked all the available jobs. Being a team oriented profession, the best part of this job has been the opportunity to meet and develop lifetime friendships.
Becoming a Deputy Sheriff gave me the ability to help home and business owners, our local schools, as well as other entities in our community by educating them with tips on crime prevention. There is nothing more rewarding then receiving just a simple smile from a citizen in our community who received assistance from local law enforcement.
What I enjoy most is when we take an investigation to a successful conclusion. We can be confident we did the right thing, and the victims and their families can begin the healing process. On occasion, we are contacted by a victim / family that has gotten past the pain of being victimized. There is nothing better than a child who comes up and hugs you... thanking you for being there for them.
What I like about the Sheriff's department is the diversity. Within the Sheriff's department are 5 contract cities along with the county areas. As a part of the Sheriff's department, I can work in each station in a variety of assignments. There is room for growth and opportunity.
I enjoy working in detectives because it allows me to follow through on cases until I have exhausted all leads. I am continually learning in this assignment whether it is utilizing new interview techniques or filing cases with the DA.
My position as a Patrol Sergeant in my opinion is one of the best positions I have had in my 25 years on the Department. I am responsible for supervising several sworn and non-sworn personnel throughout the shift. I respond to a wide variety of calls not only to supervise the situation, but at times due to staffing levels, I am required to be an active participant in the incident. As the shift supervisor, I try to lead by example, having a positive attitude while providing direction to those whom I am responsible for.
Now that I am a motor officer, I really enjoy educating the public in traffic and public safety. No one enjoys receiving a traffic citation or being involved in a traffic collision but if I can help prevent a serious or tragic traffic collision by issuing citations, removing drunk drivers from the road and informing the citizens of Thousand Oaks about traffic and public safety, I know I have made a difference.
I wanted a job that was exciting, challenging, and rewarding. After serving seven years in the United States Marine Corps, I also wanted to continue public service. Being a Deputy Sheriff has fulfilled all of my objectives plus some.
It almost seems like every few years, we have the opportunity to start over with a new job, which keeps the job interesting. Plus, due to the large size of the department, the promotional opportunities are outstanding.
When choosing this profession, I knew that I would not be rich man monetarily, but I knew I would be a rich man in the satisfaction of knowing at the end of each day and at the end of my career that I could say without a doubt that I made a difference.
I was very impressed in the pride these Deputies took in their department. I knew I wanted to work for a large department, but also work for a department where command staff still knew you by name.
I was interested in helping keep Ventura County a safe place to live. I also wanted to carry on a long family history of law enforcement service.
I currently am assigned to work patrol in Fillmore. I like the fact that every patrol shift is different from the one the day before. I enjoy meeting the residents of Fillmore and building a relationship with them.