JONESVILLE — Leo Torres was sworn in as a police officer at Jonesville Town Hall Monday morning.
Tasha Ferguson, office manager for the police department, delivered the Oath of Office to Torres during a 10 a.m. ceremony while Capt. Scotty Vestal held the Bible.
A 2011 graduate of Alleghany High School, Torres completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training at Wilkes Community College in May of 2015. He joins the department as a road patrol officer.
Torres, 24, said he became interested in law enforcement after completing an internship with the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department as a sophomore in high school. “You could pick anywhere you wanted to go,” he said, “and I signed up for the sheriff’s department.
“I really enjoyed it,” Torres said, “and thought it would be a good career. I enjoy helping people.”
After completing his Basic Law Enforcement Training, Torres returned to the Alleghany Sheriff’s Department, working for four months before he was hired in Jonesville. “I worked with a bunch of good guys up there,” he said.
His first day on the job with the Jonesville Police Department was Wednesday.
Torres lives in Jonesville with his wife, Monica. She will graduate from Wilkes Community College’s School of Nursing next May and hopes to get a job working at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.
It was from Jonesville Officer Chase Wood, who started working for the department in August, that Torres heard about the remaining vacant position. The two were friends at Alleghany High School and took some classes together at Wilkes Community College.
The fifth of 10 children in his family, Torres is a son of Trinidad and Guillermo Torres of Alleghany County, where the family moved from Galax, Virginia, when he was in the third grade.
Torres said he is excited about the opportunity to work for the Jonesville Police Department. “So far, it’s been good,” he said near the end of his first day. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know the town and the people.”
Before interviewing for the job, Torres said he had only been to Jonesville twice in his life.
Though his parents hated to see him move from Alleghany County, Torres said they were happy to hear about his new job in Jonesville. He plans to continue his education through online classes and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.