Twelve Police Officers Graduate
After countless months of hard work and dedication, a new class of Laredo police officers graduate. We talked to one about his journey to get there."
"It's a relief. It's been a long time coming since august. The sacrifice you make as a parent, husband, student, cadet, long hours and it finally paid off."
Officer Mendiola gives advice to anyone wanting to follow in his foot steps.
"Patience, hard work, discipline. A lot of commitment to get to your goals."
By his side through the whole process was his wife.
"Alone you can't make it. it needs to come from the family and unity especially."
She was able to pin her husband to signify he had completed everything to be named a Laredo police officer. When asked what that moment meant to her, it was hard for her to sum up.
"After everything that he's done, it's overwhelming but relief and honor like I said. I'm very proud. I'm very proud of him for him to have finished his academy and I'm very happy for him. He deserves it."
Also proud of the new officers is assistant chief of police Torres.
"Every time we pin or swear in a new officer, there's more boots on the ground and basically that's what translates to crime prevention."