Roger ZunigaDowntown Bicycle Patrol
My ancestor was the second city marshall for the City of San Antonio back in 1846. My great great grandfather was a policeman on horse for the City back in the early 1900s. My cousin, who is 10 years older than me, became a deputy sheriff while I was in high school.
So, needless to say, serving the city of San Antonio is in my blood.
Being a descendent of the Canary Islanders who settled San Antonio in the 1730s, I have always loved San Antonio, the downtown area and its history. I bought the book, “San Antonio Now and Then” by Paula Allen. The book features photos around San Antonio from different perspectives. There is an old photo next to a current photo from about the same camera angle so you can compare the difference — now and then. I find that so interesting, which is why I love spending my days downtown around some of our city’s greatest treasures.
I’m very lucky to find a job that combines my passions — my family’s ancestry, my love for San Antonio and my love of biking. Outside of patrolling downtown San Antonio, I also compete in a number of cycling events in the area.
One of the great things about a career with the SAPD is not only your opportunity to align a career with your passion, like me with cycling, but also being able to grow with other career avenues. If you are willing and determined, there are always opportunities within the SAPD for advancement, from detective to sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, assistant chief and ultimately chief of police. The SAPD has had chief’s of police who rose through the ranks to become the “top cop” of the department. I am currently working to promote to detective, and with determination, dedication and hard work I know I will earn that promotion.
I was my academy class orator, top three in academics and top five in shooting. Upon completing the academy I was proud to pin on the badge of a San Antonio police officer because I earned it. Blood, sweat, tears and injuries. I earned it and am very proud to work for what I believe is the best department in the country.