My journey to Colorado I did not grow up in Colorado. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Colorado after graduating college. Go Sun Devils! (Arizona State University) I visited a friend who …
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My journey to Colorado
I did not grow up in Colorado. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Colorado after graduating college. Go Sun Devils! (Arizona State University)
I visited a friend who lived in Colorado and fell in love with the seasons and mountains. I do not have immediate family in the state. Just my husband and son. I do however have a police family and school family. I love being outdoors. I love waking up each morning and seeing the hogbacks and the Rocky Mountains. During the spring I love seeing the blossoming flowers and during autumn I love seeing the leaves change colors.
In Arizona, we had two seasons, Hot and Hotter.
Path to becoming a police officer
I am a Senior Police Officer with the Westminster Police Department.
I have been an officer for 13 years. I am currently assigned to The Academy of Charter Schools as a School Resource Officer (SRO). I couldn’t ask for a better school!
I have a very unique position in the police department. One part of my job is to build positive relationships, educate and mentor the youth in our city. The other part is providing a safe and secure learning environment for the students and staff.
Through college, I wanted to be a juvenile probation officer. After many years of interning, I decided this was not the job for me. I became a police officer in Westminster and discovered I missed working with youth. I requested to be moved from patrol to School Resource Officer .
I have been working in the schools for eight years now.
Being a police officer has changed my life. Sometimes it is hard to find the good in a situation when most of the time you deal with people in crisis or negative situations. It can be difficult for officers to keep work at work, especially when your family may not have full understanding of the things your deal within an average day.
I found healthy ways to deal with the stress in my life and while it might be hard at times, I try to find the positive in situations. I was recently reminded by a fellow officer to “be grateful of each day”.
One interesting thing that has happened to me as a police officer is being selected as to complete the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) instructor process.
When I finish the process, I will be one of three active instructors in the state of Colorado. I will also be the first female in the state of Colorado to be a NASRO instructor and first officer from the Westminster Police Department to hold these credentials.
When I am not in schools, like during summer break, I will be traveling the United States teaching other police officers how to become School Resource Officer. I am at the halfway point in the process. Any extra time I have I spend studying court cases, educating myself on new trends of drugs and learning about the juvenile brain and how it works (or sometimes works).
Diving into the blue
I spend most of my free time watching my husband and son play in various sports. As I have mentioned being outside is a huge stress reliever. I spend time camping, traveling and mountain biking. Anywhere outdoors, especially in the mountains. I love the area around Taylor Reservoir and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
I jumped off the southernmost point of the United States in Hawaii from a cliff known as Ka Lae. The cliff is approximately 45 feet high. The water was an amazing shade of blue. However, the swim to the ladder was ridiculous due to the water currents. Not to mention the ladder felt as if it was at an inverted angle and moved while climbing. Looking back at it I don’t think I would ever do it again.
Winning a Golden Spatula and conquering the green runs
I love to BBQ and smoke foods. I am currently mastering my brisket recipe and skills so that I can compete in a BBQ competition.
In my last competition, I did not place in the chicken category however my partner and I earned the covenant “Golden Spatula” in the rib category. Thankfully for my friends and coworkers they have agreed to add on a few pounds by being my taste testers.
One of the best concerts I have ever attended was ZZ Top and Tom Petty in Dallas, Texas. While it was nothing like beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater, it was an outdoor venue with great acoustics. Of course, the friends made it all the better.
One of my biggest accomplishments has been creating a family. Being a mother is an amazing experience. While it can be exhausting at time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
In an effort to keep up with my son, I recently took up snow skiing. I admit I am no Mikaela Shiffrin but I have at least moved from the bunny slopes to green runs. Last summer I took up tennis which was disastrous. I couldn’t quite keep the ball in the right court.
Giant grasshoppers in your hair
I enjoy traveling! I have traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Domincan Republic and Costa Rica. The most interesting place I have visited is Junquillal, Costa Rica. The weather was warm, the beaches were beautiful and the howler monkeys were always making their presence known.
At night the grasshoppers would come out. The grasshoppers were larger than the size of a soda can. The spikes on their legs made it difficult to pull from clothing and your hair!
This spring I will be traveling with my mother and sister to Amsterdam to view the tulip fields.
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