IMPERIAL, Calif. - Imperial County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatcher Nikki Marie Torres said her work is a matter of life and death for some people.
“A very fulfilling job to know that I’m serving the public. I’m helping people. I’m the first responder that they speak with,” Torres said.
Lieutenant Jimmy Duran said his work is his life.
“Law enforcement is more than a job, it’s a family. It’s a way of life. It’s a way of serving our community. It’s a way of giving back to our community,” Duran said.
Records Supervisor Maribel Madero is the public face of ICSO.
“I’m so proud of my work. I’m able to help the public and the media,” Madero said.
Sheriff Loera said inspection day on Wednesday at Casa De Manana in Imperial was a special time for the Sheriff’s Office.
“This gives us an opportunity to make sure that everybody is on the same page,” Loera said.
The Sheriff’s Office, three hundred strong, including deputies and support personnel, face new year challenges as they continue to cover over 4,500 square miles countywide.
“Finances. We would like to have more personnel, but we do a great job with the numbers that we have,” Loera said.
There’s also the new county jail under construction.
“We’re going to have a big challenge and a new concept of housing inmates,” Loera said.
But even with old and new challenges adding up, Duran said for him there’s no other place like the Sheriff’s Office.
“It is full of individuals that have integrity and a great desire for public service,” Duran said.