June 24, 2016, was a day to remember for Manuel Gonzales as he took his Oath of Honor and became a police officer at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
The intimate ceremony began with a brief introduction video narrated by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey that detailed the sacrifices of individuals on the police force.
“What is a policeman?” began the short commentary. “He of all men is at once the most needed, and the most wanted. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman.”
As the narration concluded, TSTC in Harlingen Chief of Police Aurelio Torres reiterated that it takes a lot more than a job well done to become a member of the force.
“Out of 60 applicants, Gonzales was the person chosen,” he explained. “We take into consideration character, quality and integrity, and look at the person as a whole more than anything.”
Judge Eloy Cano also spoke of the same honorable characteristics that make a police officer special.
“Your work ethic and integrity set an amazing example for yourself and for TSTC,” he said.
The Rio Hondo native is ecstatic about his new career and said that his family also feels the same way.
“Everybody is proud—very proud,” he said. “Out of everybody that applied, they chose me. To me it’s a big accomplishment. I’ve been waiting a long time to be a police officer and it finally happened.”
Officer Gonzales’ father, Manuel Gonzales Sr., then proudly placed his son’s badge onto his uniform as onlookers applauded.
The event concluded with Officer Torres explaining the importance of family in the police force.
“Whether an officer is single or married, shift work can be a very hard thing. There are some family functions you won’t be able to attend, but your family keeps you going.”
The TSTC Police Department prides itself on maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty and visitors on campus. For more information about the various TSTC police departments, visit http://www.tstc.edu/about/police.