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Gilbert  Lopez

#29 Gilbert Lopez, Class of 2005
(Public Safety Academy)

I was making minimum wage out of high school and working two jobs. So when an opportunity came up in Code Enforcement for the City of Indio, I took it. It was there I was able to talk with reserve officers for various desert cities and I discovered I had an interest in law enforcement. So I put myself through the Public Safety Academy at College of the Desert. I graduated in spring of 2005 and was hired by the Indio Police Department.

I am the first in my family to attend college, so I see myself as a role model to the rest of my family, especially my children, nieces and nephews. My kids know they have to go to college, not maybe. I tell my kids that you can…it’s just a matter of wanting it and going for it.

Thanks to COD I think I’m a lifelong learner. I realize that life can change when you least expect it and I need to be prepared. If I could no longer work as a police officer I’d like to be a teacher, so I am working on getting my A.A. in Liberal Studies just to be a step ahead.