Officer Spotlight: Officer Alvarez

A brief moment with Officer Alvarez


by Arian Gil, Staff Writer

Military veteran and police officer, Katherine Alvarez,  began her career in  law enforcement in 2011.  

Why did you want to become a police officer?

“My Sargent in the military was a U.S. Marshall, and he told me about becoming a police, including becoming a human trafficking investigator.” 

What is it like to be a woman police officer?

“I’m pursuing a normal career. I see no difference in between a man or a woman, but it is a field where there are a lot of men. It feels powerful to be a police officer.”

What are the issues officers generally get involved with?

“Being on patrol, as in, outside of the school, it depends on the calls that you get. One is obviously more in danger because there are shootings, or people consuming illegal substances. There are also people who don’t like the police, or even people who just want to take their life away, it just depends.

What is it like to be the DDCUS officer?

“When I’m in school, it’s a little bit different because I’m dealing with students. Of course, not every student is a perfect student. We still have our problems, and that’s where I come in.”