Hispanic Heritage: Capt. Ray Mendoza's journey through the ranks - FOX34 Lubbock

Hispanic Heritage: Capt. Ray Mendoza's journey through the ranks

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The goal of serving Lubbock started in a cotton field for Captain Ray Mendoza, the son of immigrants. Now, he's the highest ranking Latino in the Lubbock Police Department. Captain Mendoza was born in Brownfield, but was raised just outside the Texas, New Mexico state line. He was taught at a young age to work hard.

Mendoza was six years old, when he realized he wanted to be a cop. His mother had been pulled over by a state trooper on a two lane road.

"Instead of writing us a ticket, he took the time to educate my mom and tell her about the dangers of not seat belting the kids and he himself got everyone, me and my brothers in and seat belted us and let us go after that," said Mendoza. "My mom spoke very highly of that officer and that trooper and I knew then that I wanted to be a police officer."

From then on, Captain Mendoza said he led a disciplined life. He served in the army, then went to Eastern New Mexico University. He graduated with a degree in sociology and criminal justice, from there it was on to the Lubbock Police Academy.

After patrolling the streets for a few years, he was promoted to accident investigator. He investigated fatal crashes, he later was promoted to sergeant supervising around 7 officers, he then moved the ranks becoming lieutenant. Now, as captain he serves in the office of professional standards. It oversees communication. He said the impact he makes in other peoples lives is what makes his job rewarding.

Captain Mendoza said it's his personal mission to see more diversity on the force and  more trust from the public towards law enforcement. He also aspires to one day become assistant police chief.







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