SUISUN CITY — Engelberto Rubio Jr. wouldn’t want any other job. Being a police officer is all he’s wanted to do and he doesn’t see that changing in the near future.
Rubio is Suisun City’s Officer of the Year. He was recognized for work that includes digging beneath the surface of routine stops. He was also acknowledged for his rapport and interview style. He’s a member of the department’s SWAT team.
A nine-year veteran of the department, Rubio’s father moved the family from Los Angeles to Colusa County when he was in sixth grade.
“I had cousins involved in gangs,” Rubio said. “My parents wanted to get us away from the gang life.”
The fourth of five children, Rubio knew his career choice would involve helping people. One of his brothers felt the same and works as a paramedic.
School was not his forte until Rubio took criminal justice classes. He was hooked.
Rubio is married and the father of three children, ages 5, 8 and 12. He’s not sure why he was singled out for the award, given by Solano County Rotary clubs.
“Every officer in Suisun City works just as hard,” he said. “Each of them deserves it just as much.”
The job is never dull. Each day is different, Rubio said. One minute he could be at a crime scene. A short time later, he may be watching over a woman’s laptop as she uses the restroom inside a Suisun City business.
The support of his wife and fellow Suisun City police officers is what makes it all work.
“We’re like a family,” he said of the Police Department. “Work is easier for me because of the support I have.”
Rubio volunteers to work nights and weekends, saying those are the shifts where he can make the most difference. The toughest times are when a child is involved.
“With kids of my own, that makes you think something could happen,” he said.
He makes an effort to talk children and teens and sees his role with them as more of a counselor.
When it comes time to write his reports, Rubio said he serves as a voice for the victim.
This is the second time he’s won an Officer of the Year award. The previous one was with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department.
“He’s a good officer,” said Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho. “It’s well deserved.”
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