CALEXICO – A long and awaited dream came true for police dispatcher Celia E. Romero who was sworn in as a Reserve Calexico Police Officer on Thursday, during a private ceremony at the Calexico police station.
Celia Romero has been employed with the Calexico Police Department for nine years. She began her employment at the age of 20.
“I am proud to be at this next step of my career and just hope that eventually I can become a full-time police officer,” said Romero. “It’s an honor for me to become a police officer for the department that I grew up with since I was a police explorer here. This is like my back yard.”
Romero said the dispatch experience will definitely help her in the field.
“We are very proud to having Celia on board with us,” said Calexico Chief of Police Reggie Gomez. “This is something we had looked forward to doing. I’m very happy.”
Romero attended Imperial Valley College in 2014 where she completed levels II and III of the reserve police academy and plans to return this fall to complete level I, enabling her to become a full time police officer.
“I am very proud of my daughter and what she has accomplished,” said Celia Ramirez, mother. “As a single mother of seven and a field worker, I managed to raise them well, while guiding them down a good path.”
Referring to Romero as a fine dispatcher, Sergeant Victor Legaspi said he was very proud of having her on board and part of the CPD.
“I have learned a lot from Sergeant Legaspi,” said Romero. Not only is he my background investigator, he is also my supervisor. We have worked hand on hand for many years and see how day to day he provides leadership not only to myself, but to other officers.”
“She’s a lot of bark and a lot of bite” said Leo Miramontes, co-worker.
As a reserve, Romero will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours per month. Romero will continue to work as a dispatcher until she completes the necessary schooling and hopes to be hired as a full time police office at that time.
Reserve Police Officers perform respective law enforcement duties in a support role, under the general supervision of an assigned Sergeant or designee. This is a non-paid volunteer position.[envira-gallery id=”78825″]