Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Cpl. Fernando Herrera

An Outstanding Islander

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Safety First
Providing the safest learning environment is what matters most to Cpl. Fernando Herrera. He and others in the University Police Department want to ensure students stay on the right track and understand the consequences of poor decision-making. Each time parents thank Herrera for a job well done his commitment to the Island University is reinforced. Herrera, who has worked in law enforcement since 2002, was first with the Jim Hogg County Sheriff's Office where he gained experience in all aspects of law enforcement including criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, narcotics interdiction, patrol function, motor vehicle accidents, juvenile law enforcement and civil service. In June 2006, he arrived on campus as a patrol officer. Within 14 months, the Hebbronville native was promoted to the rank of corporal. The certified field training coordinator oversees all training for new officers. He has trained around 20 University officers through the Field Training Program, which lasts six to eight weeks and entails all protocol regarding University police officer duties. Herrera, who is also responsible for scheduling and addressing student and faculty complaints, serves as a department firearms instructor. In addition, he has earned his Texas Mental Health Peace Officer certification and has participated in many active shooter training sessions with officers from across Texas. Growing up, Herrera was influenced by his two uncles, both sheriff deputies in Hebbronville. In his spare time, Herrera enjoys golfing, kayaking, fishing at the University Beach and jogging the University's Hike and Bike Trail.

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