Officer Xavier Reinoso
Coral Springs Police Officer – 6 Years
Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science & Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
Prior Experience – Police Officer, City of Sunrise
Experience with CSPD – Road Patrol, Tactical & Gang Officer
Why did you pursue a career in Law Enforcement?
I chose a career in law enforcement for several reasons. I’ve always considered myself somewhat of a “type A” personality who always looks for new ways to challenge myself. I’ve always seen myself as people person, always wanting to help those who are in need. When the time came to look for a new career, I looked at various professions that provided the opportunity to help others and work with the public. Law enforcement just seemed like the right choice.
Why did you choose to work for the Coral Springs Police Department?
When I applied to Springs, Coral Springs was known as the premier department in Broward County in which to work for. I was already in my second year as an officer for the City of Sunrise. Unfortunately, at the time, the city of Sunrise was in a transitional period. There was little room for advancement and the pay was lower than most of the agencies in the County. While at Sunrise, I became aware of several individuals that left to work for Coral Springs and all the individuals had nothing but positive things to say about Springs.
What is your favorite part of the job?
This is a difficult question to answer. There are so many aspects of my job that I truly enjoy. Being part of a Specialized Unit gives me the opportunity to be involved in most of the department’s top priority cases and arrests. Another advantage of being in a Specialized Unit is the freedom to roam not only city wide, but also the Tri-County region. I have had the opportunity to work with a great bunch of officers from all over South Florida.
What do you like to do outside of work to alleviate the stress encountered on the job?
First and foremost, I learned a long time ago to never take my work home with me. My days off are my days off. Outside of work, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family doing anything from going to the beach, the movies, eating out or just hanging out at a friend’s house barbecuing and hanging at the pool. The other thing I do, which I found to be a great reliever of stress, is to go to the gym as much as possible. Staying in shape and being healthy have not only reduced my stress but have helped in the normal duties of my job.
Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for prospective minority/female applicants about becoming a police officer?
As a minority and having grown up in areas with a large number of minority residents, I am well aware of the stereo-typical view of police officers within the community. It wasn’t until I took the time to speak to various officers and to finally put on the uniform and work the streets that I realized that my perception and that of many others was incorrect. I tell many kids today, I wasn’t born wearing a uniform, but I always knew the difference between wrong and right. I discovered that officers really do care and really do want to help. I have been frustrated at times by areas within the community that view law enforcement poorly and make an effort not to cooperate with us. I truly believe that with more minority officers putting on the uniform every day, we can reduce the gap of distrust between the community and law enforcement and ultimately work together to make the community a safer and better place for everyone.