Name and rank

Sgt. Gilberto Saenz IV

Number of years with Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department

I have been with the department for four years and six months.

Number of years of experience total. Where?

My experience total has been four years and six months with the sheriff's department.

What made you want to be in law enforcement?

Becoming a police officer has always been a childhood dream of mine. There is never a dull moment in law enforcement and every day there is always something new going on. It's like having a front row seat to the greatest show on Earth. You kind of get caught up on the rush of the excitement, some hours are boring then out of nowhere a 20 minute rush can happen. It can be addicting!

Does your family support your career choice?

My family has always given me their full support on my career choice.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

I think the most rewarding part of being in law enforcement is the unlimited amount of training and education we can get these days. Law enforcement will forever change the way you view the world around you. There is no way to describe the way you feel when you see the way people look at you when you arrive at a bad scene. A the end of the day knowing that you are doing a job that needs to be done and knowing you helped someone.

What do you believe is the hardest part of your job? Why?

Seeing what people will actually do to each other and even children can be ugly. The world can be an ugly place sometimes and these days a lot of people will criticize you anyway they can for doing your job. The worst is almost never getting a thank you!