Name and rank

Patrol Sgt. Mario Hinojosa

Number of years with Alice Police Department

I have been with the Alice PD for 13 years.

Number of years of experience total. Where?

I have a total of 19 years in law enforcement. I started off as a Deputy Constable for Precinct 2 in Duval County for a few years then I transferred to the Premont Police Department for as a full-time officer for two years. After that I served as a reserve officer for the Constable Department Precinct 2 in Corpus Christi, Texas before I joined the Alice PD family where I plan to stay until I retire.

What made you want to be in law enforcement?

I have always liked to help people. I love it when I make someone happy by serving them as an officer. Knowing that I can change the course of someone's, especially kids, life. They are our future and we need strong, caring adults.

Does your family support your career choice?

Yes. My wife and children support me 100 percent. They are already use to having me away during holidays and nights. It is hard at times, but I love what I do and my family agrees with my decision to be a peace officer.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I helped someone even though we don't always get a thank you. However, deep inside I know I served my community and made a difference in someone's life and a change in the world.

Occasionally, I have someone, I helped in the past, come up to me and thank me for my service and the advice that made them examine the path they were on, especially the young.

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

The hardest part of my job is seeing someone lose their life in front of me. Over the course of my career, I have been a part of so many homicides.

People don't realize that we too are human and have feelings. We breathe the same air and bleed red just like everyone else.

It really bothers me to see someone hurt or lose their life tragically and sometimes senselessly. Having a child or a young kid whose life has yet to begin take their last breath in my arms.