Name and rank

Sgt. Ernie Rivera

Number of years with JWC Sheriff's Department

I have been with the department for six years.

Number of years of experience total. Where?

I have only been with the JWC department.

What made you want to be in law enforcement?

I can't remember exactly what motivated me to be in law enforcement, but I'm here now and wouldn't trade my job for any other.

Does your family support your career choice?

Yes, my family has supported me from day one. Although they fear for my safety everyday they have always been 100 percent supportive.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is knowing I made our community a safer place to live by taking criminals off the streets. Through my career has a peace officer I hope to make Alice a safer place for our youth.

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

The hardest part of my job is having to arrest or take parents away from their kids because they made bad choices. I hate seeing children suffer; they are innocent.