Name and rank

Sergeant Enrique Saenz

Number of years with Alice Police Department

I have been with the Alice PD for eight years and five months.

Number of years of experience total. Where?

I have a total of 26 years and eight months of law enforcement experience. My combined experience is eight years with Premont Police Department, 10 years with the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the last eight years with the Alice PD.

What made you want to be in law enforcement?

I was always interested in the investigative side of law enforcement. It looked exciting and challenging while at the same time you had the ability to help people.

Does your family support your career choice?

Yes, My wife, children and family support me through the rough times and the good times. A strong support system is almost a requirement for anyone entering this field. It's sometimes hard to continue a path in this career if you don't have that support system. It isn't easy doing our job.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

Going home safe and sound to my family everyday.

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

There is nothing easy about our job, but to me the worst is when you can't be there for the special times in your family's lives. Whether it's a birthday party, a ball game, a recital, a play, etc. etc., with our type of work we sometimes miss what's important to those who are there for us the most. We miss out in order to continue with the duty we took on oath to perform. The why is easy, you'll never get them back. Once your child has grown, you don't get to see it again. They're gone and so are all the things you missed.