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Two Officers Sworn into TSTC PD

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

PDEduardo Becerra of Brownsville and Vanessa Lugo of La Feria were sworn in as the newest members of the Texas State Technical College Police Department in an intimate ceremony in the Learning Resource Center Orientation Room on Wednesday.

Becerra and Lugo join five other patrol officers, two sergeants and one chief. Both filled vacated spots. The new officers are graduates of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Police Academy located on the TSTC campus.

Lugo, 32, comes from the Santa Maria School District just south of La Feria where she served as a truancy officer. She said serving the public has always been something she's wanted to pursue. But Lugo added that being a mother elevated that desire to protect and serve her community.

"I see the issues our kids face today first hand and as my own children are growing up, I want to be there to protect them and the rest of my community," Lugo said. "I'm doing this to serve and protect my own family but also the citizens in general."

Lugo said getting her career started at TSTC was a blessing.

"This is a great place to get my new career started," Lugo said.

Chief Aurelio Torres handled the swearing in and read the Code of Ethics prior to the ceremony. Torres, who's been with the TSTC police force since 1987, has seen the department grow from only three patrol officers and no 24-hour shift coverage to a staff of 10 uniformed officers and 24-hour shifts.

TSTC President Cesar Maldonado was on hand and shared a few congratulatory and encouraging words with the new officers and their families.

"People's lives depend on yours," Maldonado said. "And even when you think you're not seen or noticed, you most certainly are. You guys are the ones that keep control in this world and in this institution."

Becerra comes to the TSTC PD after a serving in the U.S. Army and said he always figured to end up with a career in law enforcement.

"I just want to protect the community I serve," Becerra said.

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