This Week’s Behind the Badge features Christina Gonzalez, Youth Diversion Specialist!

Youth Diversion Specialist Gonzalez has been working for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office since early 2016. She started her career with the department as a Child Protective Investigator Trainee.

Christina came from a family of four children which at times made it difficult for her family to make ends meet. This resulted in her moving around a lot as a child. After the loss of her own mother she realized the importance of a stable, loving home environment. This is what brought her into Child Protection with the ultimate goal of preserving and keeping families intact, when appropriate. She aimed to provide resources for families and helped identify family strengths. During her time in Child Protection, she realized how important prevention education and services were.

She began her new journey as a Youth Services Specialist with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Youth Diversion Program. The Youth Diversion Program allows at risk youth to participate in prevention and intervention services to give them the tools that are necessary to have and live a successful, positive lifestyle.

“I love my job, but it means even more hearing directly from the families the impact I’ve made for their son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc. Being told that I have helped get their child to open up and provide them a second chance means the world.”

Christina is proud that she is able to share her interest of giving back to the community with all of her siblings. Her brother, Deputy Brian Hernandez and his partner K9 Doc, work for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, while her two sisters work in the health care industry.

Before working for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Youth Diversion Program, Gonzalez earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Certificate in Crime Scene Technology. Prior to working for PSO Christina worked 3 years in an emergency vet clinic and dedicated her time saving the lives of injured animals.
For fun she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading in her hammock. She spends her free time taking her nieces and nephews on different adventures. She also never forgets to spoil her four-legged son, Guapo.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Youth Diversion Specialist Gonzalez!

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