Turning a dream into her reality

Multitasking as an officer and owning a business


Lissandra Gervacio is a senior who has big dreams of becoming a police officer.
She’s been part of the Sanger Police Department’s Explorer program since August 2021 and credits her father for offering guidance and direction as a role model.
“My father motivates me because he always does the right thing,” she said. “[He] told us to never

Lissandra Gervacio at the 96th annual Trek to the Tree with Sanger Police and Sanger Fire Department on Dec. 12. Gervacio shows her jewelry.

give up. I want to make him proud. I thank him for everything,” said Gervacio.
She also manages a handmade jewelry business to show her creative side. The business named @Beautiful.Jewlryyy is on Instagram.
“Lissandra is a strong, bright and focused young woman with great leadership qualities which will take her far in life. She has the potential to succeed in whatever she puts her mind to,” said Sanger Police Community Service Officer and Explorer advisor Kim Jones.
Gervacio wants to pursue her career of being part of the Police Academy. She plans to attend Fresno State.
“I’m going to a 4-year university. I enrolled in Criminology during my third year. I’ll be going through the Police Academy. And I hope I’ll become a patrol officer or sheriff,” said Gervacio.
Aside from her law enforcement journey, she has other things she loves doing in her free time.
“Some hobbies I do in my free time are go workout or also create some more jewelry or take a walk with my sister and her dog. My favorite thing to do is go on adventures up in the mountains,” said Gervacio.
Emmanuel Salazar loves jewelry and everything that is Gervacio’s catalog.
“She is a caring and determined person who makes sure their work is always complete. She is truly dependable,” said Salzar, a senior who has known Gervacio for a few months. “I’ve supported her by helping advertise her business on social media and support her police journey,” said Salzar.
Gervacio manages her time for Police Explorer events with getting jewelry orders completed on time.
“The program is open to youth ages 14-21 who have graduated the 8th grade and are interested in the field of law enforcement,” said Jones. “All you have to do is apply. If you qualify, we will call you in for an interview and if you pass then we invite you to an Explorer meeting.”
Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and have a clean record, according to Jones.
“We keep applications in the office at the high school for anyone who is interested,” said Jones.