Name and rank

Maritza Perez, Dispatcher

Number of years with Alice Police Department

I have been a dispatcher with APD for three years.

Number of years of experience total. Where?

I was a dispatcher for six months with Laredo PD and an officer with them for seven years. When I moved to Alice three years ago I started as a dispatcher. I hope to patrol the streets of Alice soon.

What made you want to be in law enforcement?

Law enforcement has always been my career choice. I grew up wanting to wear the badge.

Does your family support your career choice?

My family supports me and my decision to help protect the community.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding is helping the City of Alice residents through 9-1-1 emergency calls or non-emergency calls. Each call is important. Our main priority is being there to provide officer safety in every call.

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

The hardest part is the odd hours and trying to please every caller. Every call is different and important. We have to handle each person with respect.