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Corporal Somer Fernandez was born and raised in Wichita Falls, TX. Before graduating high school her family moved to Del Rio, TX where her Step-father was stationed as a Border Patrol Agent. After a year in Del Rio, Fernandez returned to Wichita Falls to finish out her senior year of high school.
Sergeant Jacob L. Twombly Sr.’s passion for helping people, instructing, and mentoring other officers has led him along an interesting journey in law enforcement. Jacob truly feels this profession is a calling and is thankful for the opportunity to serve.
My journey into Law Enforcement was a journey for sure! I will break it down a bit for the reader. My interest in civil service started at the very early age of 6, when I used to assist my father in making cookies for the prisoners he would preach to during his prison ministry visits to the Jester Units in Richmond, TX. I learned the value of empathy, volunteering, selflessness.
Born and raised in Texas with many family members (from grandfather, parents and siblings) graduating from the University of Texas system, Aaron Speer’s affections for UT run deep.
I was born and raised in Batavia, NY. After high school, I attended Genesee Community College where I majored in Criminal Justice. I was also Captain of the baseball team, both my freshman and sophomore years and was an Academic All American. After completing an internship with the State University of New York at Brockport Police Department, I knew that Law Enforcement was my calling.
Sergeant Hart began her Law Enforcement career in 2011 where she served as a Crime Scene Technician with the City of Odessa Police Department. Sparking an interest, Sergeant Hart was accepted into the Odessa Police Academy; graduating at the top of her class academically.
UTSA has been a big part of my life since August 2004. I came to school here and graduated in 2007. Then I began working as a dispatcher with the UTSA Police Department that same year. I dispatched for a few years and then did one year as administrative associate before attending the UT System Police Academy in 2011.
I have the best job in the world. I get to be a Peace Officer in Texas at a pivotal point in the direction of a profession that, at its best, is noble and selfless.
All my life I have been part of a team. From playing sports to being a member of Boy Scout Troop 123, I have learned from an early age the value of hard work, team work and the importance and integrity of a uniform. This has helped me become successful in my endeavors early on to being inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame and also achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.
How do I put my life into a short narrative when it is difficult to limit what enabled me to be an officer with the University of Texas in Arlington. I will always try and represent UTA Police Department through positive actions. I am a direct reflection of their leadership, the training and guidance I have received since joining the department which I believe to be outstanding.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am a proud descendant from a family of immigrants who came to this great country for a better life. I was taught to work hard and earn my accomplishments, never expecting anything to be handed to me.
First off I would like to thank my wife Kay and our children who have continued to support me in this chosen profession all of these years even when missing anniversaries, birthdays and other special events. I also would like to thank the University of Texas System Police for the opportunity offered in being just a small part of the greater team with University Police.
While finishing up my senior year in college at St. Edward’s University I began scouring indeed jobs for law enforcement openings. I saw The University of Texas at Austin Police Cadet, and hopped on the phone with the recruiting Sergeant. He informed me they would send me to their in house academy and how to apply. That was in January, and on my birthday (June 29th) I started my first day as a hired cadet through UTPD.
My career in law enforcement began by chance in 2000 through a college friend named Carrie. She always wanted to become a police officer. She had been unsuccessfully trying for nearly a year to find an agency that would sponsor her license. Carrie had completed a local police academy she had financially supported herself through.
Having just returned to a sense of normalcy after having worked through Hurricane Harvey, I watched news outlets nervously as it became obvious that hurricane Maria was going to cross through the center of Puerto Rico. There was no stopping it and hurricane Maria barreled onto Puerto Rico on September 20 2017.