Setting the bar for female officers

Jourdanton Chief of Police Eric Kaiser welcomes Officer Amelia Camacho to Jourdanton PD in August 2018. COURTESY PHOTO

Jourdanton Chief of Police Eric Kaiser welcomes Officer Amelia Camacho to Jourdanton PD in August 2018. COURTESY PHOTO

Jourdanton Police Officer Amelia Camacho reigns with the longest years of service amongst the nine female officers in Atascosa County with 33 years. Twentyeight of those were in Pleasanton. She is also one of the few officers to hold a Master Peace Officer License, the highest level an officer can hold and the only Hispanic female to retire from Pleasanton PD as a sergeant.

She began her career at age 16 as a dispatcher for Pleasanton PD. After six years, she began working as a municipal court clerk under Judge Lena Faye Blalock.

“She was a great mentor. When I decided that I wanted to go to the police academy after about six years, she helped me,” said Camacho. “I knew since I was in elementary that I wanted to be an officer. I was assigned as hall monitor and knew this was the career I wanted to go into.”

Working full-time in Judge Blalock’s office, on top of being a wife and mom, Camacho attended the police academy and graduated in 1997. She worked in the Reserves for Pleasanton for about two years then applied for a patrol officer position. She was promoted to sergeant in 2005. During her time in Pleasanton, Camacho worked under Chief Gary Soward until 2012 and then under current Chief Ronald Sanchez until 2014 when she retired.

“I worked under some great leaders who taught me a lot,” said Camacho.

Immediately after, she applied to the McMullen County Sheriff’s Department and was hired as a patrol deputy under Sheriff Emmet Shelton. Camacho retired from McMullen Co. in 2018 and came back home where three months later she would apply with Jourdanton PD.

“I just wasn’t ready to sit at home and do nothing. I had to keep going.”

In 2018 Camacho was assigned to Jourdanton ISD as the school resource officer (SRO) where she has made a special connection with the students.

“The students are amazing. They come to me whenever they need someone to talk to. I also keep school supplies stocked in my office as well as water and hygiene products. Some students just come from a rough home life and I don’t want them to feel that way here at school,” said Camacho.

Her door is always open to the students where she provides a safe place for them. Recently, she treated six first graders to the book fair.

“I have always loved helping people. That’s my favorite part of my job.”

“I lost my mother, brother and father separately in a matter of eight months back in 2000 and people ask me how I do it. I tell them with strength from God,” she said. “As far as being the first Hispanic woman to retire as sergeant from Pleasanton, I’m proud. If you have a goal in life and set your mind to it, all while making sacrifices, you can accomplish it. I’m living proof.”

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