Our Officers Tell Their Stories

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Officer Ramon Acosta

My name is Roman Acosta and I have been an officer for the Tucson Police Department for just over three years now. I am currently assigned to Operations Division South, where I work as a patrol officer.

Police work, specifically with the TPD was career goal of mine since I was about 12 years old. It was around this time that I really began to notice the impact that an officer could have in a persons life, both good and bad. But the ability to positively influence a persons life, even on their worst of days, was something that I wanted to do and be apart of. Life however, initially took me down a different path as a young adult.

Being a life long soccer player, I took the first chance I could at 18 years old to begin coaching. I was fortunate enough to coach boys and girls at all sorts of different levels. From youth soccer clubs like the Tucson Soccer Academy, to Salpointe High School (where I played and graduated from), all the way up to the semi-pro level with FC Tucson. Over the last 13 years, I've been very blessed to be around some amazing young men and women with extraordinary talent.

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Officer Raymon Smith

My name is Ray Smith. I have been employed with the Tucson Police Department for 12 years.

During that time I have worked: in the Midtown area of Tucson as a Patrol Officer, in the Prisoner Transport Unit as a driver, I worked at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center as an instructor and a Recruit Counselor, and as a Field Training Officer Coordinator.

I am originally from Wisconsin and was transferred to Arizona via the United States Air Force. I actually had no intention of becoming a Police Officer... until I went on a ride-along with one of Tucson's Finest and I was instantly intrigued. 12 years later, I am now working as a Public Information Officer.

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Officer Krystle Barela

My name is Krystle Barela and I have been an officer with TPD for 3 years now. I am currently assigned to the Midtown division of Tucson in patrol. I also like to participate as a role player in scenarios for recruit and regular training for my peers.

I am looking forward to the holiday season because I will be helping out with the Kids for Cops annual event in December.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends watching movies and trying new restaurants around town.