Two Georgetown PD cadets pull two very different communities together
With every street they walk, and interaction they have, two young women hope to break barriers and build relationships in Georgetown.
Jessica Rivera and Beatriz Vasquez have been brought on board by the Georgetown Police Department.
"We walk around and foot patrol Georgetown," says Rivera.
"We do business checks, make sure everything is fine on the streets," says Vasquez.
Besides making their day to day rounds, their biggest task is to bridge relationships within the Hispanic community and local law enforcement. A job that they admit hasn't come easy, despite both of them being bilingual and of Guatemalan descent.
"So every time they would see us when we would try to say hi they would run back inside, lock the door, and kids were taken inside," says Rivera.
Rivera says they are often mistaken for ICE or immigration officers.
"It's a Hispanic community so people fear that it's immigration. It was kind of heart breaking, in a way I felt like we kind of weren't accepted," says Rivera.
However with time and miles of walking throughout the neighborhood, the community has slowly brought down its walls.
"I talk to them in Spanish, I have a regular conversation like I would with someone who speaks English," says Rivera.
"Hispanics come up to us and they say they are proud of us," says Vasquez.
As for what's next for these young women, both of them just graduated from Wilmington University this past May and want to continue a career in law enforcement. Rivera wants to make her way up the ranks into a federal agency like the FBI, while Vasquez wants to help victims of crimes.