Javier Ayala wanted to be a police officer for as long as he can remember.
After working for seven years at photographic equipment company, the 27-year-old Watsonville High School graduate decided it was time to act. He enrolled in the police academy at Evergreen College in San Jose, graduating in November.
Thursday, surrounded by family, friends and police officers, Ayala was sworn in as Watsonville Police Department’s newest officer.
“It’s something I won’t take for granted,” Ayala said. “I worked too hard to get here.”
Ayala was born and raised in the Pajaro Valley, helping out on the family farm. His family, he said, helped him stay on the right path.