Former EOPS Student and Current Police Officer:
My name is Carlos Romero, I was born and raised in the City of Orange. I attended Orange High School and graduated in 2009. After high school, I decided to take the community college route. I attended Santiago Canyon College, so I could stay local and work full time. While at SCC, I was part of EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program and Services). The services that are offered through EOPS were a great help when going through the first couple years at SCC. I graduated from SCC in 2012 with my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. After SCC I attended Cal State Fullerton. I graduated in 2014 with my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
I am the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. Both of my parents are from Mexico and like everyone else, came to the United States for a better life. One of the challenges I faced going through school was that English was not my first language. Both of my parents speak Spanish, and I was unable to ask for help when it came to homework assignments. Through sleepless nights and hard work, I was able to finish school and make my parents proud.
Growing up my dream was to become a police officer. I was a police explorer for the Orange Police Department for 7 Years. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, I took the leap of faith and I applied to become a police officer. I got hired with Orange Police Department in 2016. Graduating from the police academy and having my parents pin my police badge on me was the best moment. I know how hard my parents worked to get me to where I am now. I have accomplished one of my goals, but I have my goals in the near future. I do plan to work with kids who maybe want a future in law enforcement one day. I had many great mentors along the way and I hope I can be one for someone and see them succeed.