Growing up in Costa Rica, the language was commonplace. When he moved to York County, near his father’s stomping ground in Maryland, Fred attended West York High School and made sure to keep up his language skills. He double-majored in criminal justice and Spanish at Shippensburg University.
On the beat, Fred is often the one called to bridge the divide and translate between officer and citizen.
“I didn’t realize how much speaking Spanish would be a helpful tool,” he says. “People have a right to understand what’s going on, and language can be a barrier to that.”
It can be a simple traffic stop or answering a call for help. No matter the situation, Fred says, he sees it as another opportunity to help someone.
“It’s early in my career, but I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life,” he says. “Every day is a new chance for me to have an impact.”