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New sheriff’s deputy
FLOYD COUNTY – Deputy Steve Cruz is new to the Floyd County Sheriff Department but not to law enforcement. Cruz transferred from the Floydada Police Department earlier this month.
The son of Tony Cruz and Margie Barrientos, Cruz grew up in Denver City. He has one older brother and one older sister.
Although being in law enforcement has been a dream of his since he was a young boy, right after high school graduation in 2001, he was eager to get to work so he went to work in the oil fields. For 10 years he worked hard day in day out, but then the oil field workers were getting laid off as the price of oil plummeted.
In 2016 Cruz said he thought long and hard about what he wanted out of life and decided to take a severance package from the company for which he was working. He took a leap of faith and enrolled as a full-time student in the law enforcement program at South Plains College in Levelland.
Cruz had a lot on his plate at this time; he was a full-time father to three boys all while going to school all day five days a week. His oldest son, Steven was born in 2004, Zack was born in 2007 and his youngest Kobe came it into this world in 2013.
For five months Cruz worked hard to achieve his dream. “Those five months seemed to take forever, I know in reality those months flew by,” he said.
The driving class was his favorite while in the law enforcement program. “We learned how to handle a vehicle at high rate of speed. We learned how to steer away from problems. We learned to keep a clear head while lots of things were happening. Oh, man there was so much more that we learned,” Cruz said.
“There are so many different departments in law enforcement,” he said. “Some people must try on a few to find the department that is suited for them. While working at the police department was a great job, I wanted to try the sheriff’s department. There is just something about working for this department that I love. I am hoping one day I can work into the canine unit. What I do know is that I love working in Floyd County, and I see myself staying here.”
The Criminal Justice website reports that the canine unit is composed of a deputy and trained dog. The two train together in many adverse areas. K9 training is quite different from traditional training in that these dogs take on an important and specific responsibility, such as drug detection, general patrol and many other things. Currently, Floyd County does not have a canine. The sheriff’s department is currently taking donations to purchase a canine.
“The youth of our community is so important. That is why I really like to interact with them. I would tell them that no matter what you go through in life, you can accomplish your dreams. Do not ever let anything hold you back. Never doubt yourself and know that you are stronger than you think.”