In May of 1984, I joined the Tampa Police
Explorers at the age of 14. In 1991, I retired from that Post
as a Major. As a member of the Pistol
Team and the Honor Guard, I spent my tenure participating in many State and
National Competitions. I also attended the Olympic Training
Center in Denver, Colorado for pistol team tryouts.
Growing up in East Tampa, I endured a lot of harassment and teasing
from my peers because of my association with the Tampa Police
Department. I always knew in my heart that I wanted to peruse
a career as Tampa Police Officer.
In 1991, I became a Tampa Police Auxiliary Officer (now called a
Reserve Officer). After a short tour in the field of
Corrections and the United States Army, I was hired as a Tampa
Police Officer in May of 1994. The majority of my career has
been spent in East Tampa, where I spent my youth. During my
profession, I was a member of the College Hill and Ponce de Leon
“X-ray” Squad, Quick Unit Attack on Drugs Unit (QUAD), a Community
Oriented Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Background
Investigator/Recruiter in the Personnel Unit, Street Anti-Crimes
(SAC), Auto Theft Detective, a member of the Criminal Tracking Unit,
Firearms Tracking Unit, Economic Crimes Detective, worked in the
Legal Unit, and recently as a Detective in the East Tampa
Environmental Crimes Unit. I am currently a Corporal in the
Tampa Police District III Patrol Unit. Also, I am a member of
our Tactical Response Team (commonly known as SWAT) since 1997.
All of the above mentioned accomplishments are due in part to my
hardworking father and my association with the Tampa Police
Explorers. This program offered me guidance and direction.
I was always surrounded by people who wanted me to succeed and
against all odds, I am the fruit of their labor.