MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR., The Orange Grove Journal

Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez is committed to seeing that the men and women in his department have the most advanced training available to them, so that they are able to do their jobs as effectively as possible. More than a dozen officers in the last two months from the JWC Sheriff's Department have participated in training for their various duties. Those officers include Sgt. Felix Saenz for the National Hurricane Awareness Conference, TCLOSE Instructor's Course and Firearms Certification; Correctional Officers Daniel Garza for the Basic Jailers Course, Marty Suarez for K-9 Handler School, Joshua Olivarez for Basic Jailers Course, Justin Vidal for Basic Jailers Course, Jay Flores for Basic Jailers Course; and new Deputy Raymond Ramirez from the San Antonio College Academy; sitting Captain Sandra Salas, for re-certification for the Texas Crime Information Center and National CIC; Deputy Norma Jean Fernandez who trained in Drugs, Guns and Gangs in Schools; Deputy Vicky Puente for Criminal Investigative Analysis; Correctional Officer Rene Gonzalez for Firearms Certification and the TCLOSE Instructor's Course; Lt. Javier Montalvo for the National Hurricane Awareness Conference, Sgt. Gino Martinez for Criminal Investigative Analysis; and Lt. Cosme Castillo, who attended the course on Drugs, Guns and Gangs in Schools.