(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College recently welcomed two new staff members to the TSTC Police Department.
Officer Juan Lucio and dispatcher Naisa Trevino were celebrated during the socially distant ceremony, which is a tradition bestowed upon those who serve in law enforcement at the college.
Others in attendance to celebrate were TSTC Provost Cledia Hernandez, TSTC Police Chief Eduardo Patino, TSTC Safety and Security Police Commissioner Aurelio Torres, and Cameron County Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano Jr.
Lucio worked as a correctional officer prior to his duties at TSTC — a position that he credits with helping him continue to strive toward TSTC’s core values of excellence, accountability, service and integrity.
“I thought deeply about why I wanted to work for TSTC before getting hired,” he said. “I realized that becoming a police officer for students and the TSTC family is special. It is special because I get the privilege and responsibility of ensuring that students have a safe environment so that they may reach their educational career goals.”
Lucio added that the TSTC community can count on him to offer help when needed.
“This position has given me the responsibility to perform at a high level, and I will give 100 percent to this family-oriented community, which I am humbly honored to serve.”
Trevino said that her role as a dispatcher is a vital component to the safety of those on campus.
“My duties consist of answering phone calls, which can consist of something as simple as unlocking a building, to traffic stops, and even to someone being hurt,” she said. “This role can change immensely in the blink of an eye, so I always have to be prepared for any type of incoming call.”
Both Lucio and Trevino expressed appreciation that they were able to share the special moment with their families.
“It was surreal to have my parents present at the ceremony,” Lucio said. “My wife has also been my greatest support system since day one. She inspires me to be persistent and courageous. Having my family at the ceremony was fulfilling and an honor.”
Aside from being nervous, Trevino was also grateful that her loved ones were in attendance.
“I kept thinking to myself, don’t mess up and don’t fall,” she said. “I was super excited that they were there for me at this pinning ceremony because it was also a show of appreciation from me to them. I would not have gotten this far if it wasn’t for their support throughout all my accomplishments.”
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