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Police department in Texas hires 1st deaf police officer in the state, 2nd in the U.S.


A small town in Texas is hiring the first deaf female police officer in the state, making her the second of her kind in the entire country.

Erica Trevino graduated third in her class at the police academy and is soon to begin her patrol work with the Dalhart Police Department.

It’s a passion of mine,” the 25-year old Trevino said. “It’s not something I just want, it’s something God has called me to do. That’s what I believe. This truly is a career and I can’t tell you how much I look up to the people and I respect how much work the officers put into becoming a police officer.”

For DPD Chief David Conner, Trevino will face challenges, but can provide multiple means of communication, as she is able to speak and communicate in four forms of sign language.

“With officer Trevino being here that’s going to be tremendous asset for those who are hard of hearing or deaf,” he said.

Trevino knows the road ahead is hard, but with a degree in forensics and a lifetime of clearing personal challenges behind her, she’s ready for the task.

“It’s not going to be easy, I know that,” said Trevino. “I’m preparing to put in the work and get to where I need to be. I want to be the best officer I can be.”

According to ABC-7 Amarillo, she starts her first shift on April 14.


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