by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — The city’s newest police officer began her career in law enforcement last week, fulfilling a dream she has had since her youth.
Gloria Suazo spent her first week on duty in a sort of orientation tour of duty, meeting other officers, becoming familiar with the Walsenburg Police Department’s policys and procedures and getting familiar with the ‘lay of the land’.
This is Suazo’s first position in law enforcement, following her graduation last December from the Pueblo Law Enforcement Academy at Pueblo Community College.
With some family members in the career field and an interest in the job since her younger years, this job is the beginning of a new adventure for the 31-year old mother of sons, Damien, 4, and Adan, 11. She said when she was young, growing up in Pueblo, many of her friends had negative things to say about cops. She said she always hoped to have an opportunity to turn around those negative impressions.
She said, while she has had typical jobs in fast food, and as a housekeeping supervisor at Parkview Medical Center, she always knew she wanted a more fulfilling career with different day-to-day challenges and the opportunity to deal with the public in a positive way.
“I love it already,” Suazo said as her first full week with the department was coming to an end. “The people here are awesome and they have treated me so good and are all lots of help.”
She said her dream in the career field is to someday become a detective.
As this week begins for the new officer, she will be assigned to Captain Vince Suarez for the first phase of Field Training; after that Cpl. Joe Deatherage will conduct phase two and Chief Tommie McLallen will handle phase three.
Recently retired WPD lieutenant John Rodriguez said he believes Suazo is the sixth female police officer employed in Walsenburg in the past 30-years.
by Eric Mullens