Officer Clara Diaz

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I was born and partially raised in California. When I was 12 years old, we moved to South Tucson. I was introduced to the South Tucson Police Explorers. It provided me the opportunity to explorer what Law Enforcement was as well as the changes and impacts I could make within the community. I learned I could make a difference in someone's life and provide a sense of security when their world was falling apart. As time went on it only became clearer that I needed to become a police officer. After graduating the police academy, I began my career with the South Tucson Police Department. Four years later, I found my forever home with the Oro Valley Police Department. Everyday this career allows me to experience and learn something new and different. I enjoy working with the public and helping those in need. I am always learning new skills, gaining knowledge and experience, and applying it out in the field. What I enjoy the most is teaching and mentoring new officers that are getting ready to start their career. The best advice I can give to someone considering this career is to understand and explore what a career as an officer is all about. Ask plenty of questions and do several ride-a-longs. Be ready to expect the unexpected and have an open mind. It is true what is said, this job is a calling that requires commitment, dedication, and passion. Be professional, honest, and have integrity. Most importantly discuss it with your loved ones this is also a change for them as well. If I had the opportunity to go back and start again, I would choose this career again and would not change it for the world.