The Port Arthur News
Erica Moore is fulfilling a lifelong dream and making history at the same time.
Moore is the latest addition to Groves Police Department and will be sworn into office as deputy marshal during Groves City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
She is the second female police officer in the City of Groves. Her predecessor, Melinda Lindsey, was the first female police officer in Mid-County and was an officer in Groves from 1992 to 1997. She later went to work at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office before retiring, Groves City Marshal Jeff Wilmore, said.
Moore spent seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard and the past three years in the Texas Air National Reserves. She is also the mother of two children and wife of Groves Assistant Fire Marshal Kelly Moore.
Now with her children ages 11 and 15 she felt it was time to pursue the dream.
“My husband is a fire fighter and I felt it should be me with the kids when they were little but I always said I wanted to be a police officer,” Moore said. “There was lots of prayers. I’m 37-year-old. I didn’t grow up in it (with family in law enforcement) but this is something in my heart that I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid.”
While growing up Moore had a female friend who wanted to be a firefighter. When the women reached their 30s they decided to go for it.
“Now, she’s a federal fire fighter in California,” she said. “We grew up together and now we are where we wanted to be.”
Moore, a 1994 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, said she has always loved to help people — a characteristic which fits in with her dream.
Being a female officer in a male dominated career doesn’t faze Moore — she has years of experience working in other male dominated fields and Wilmore welcomes having a female officer for versatility on the force.
“We look for good character and good communication skills in our recruits and we feel that Erica is a good example of those standards,” Wilmore said.
Moore will spend the next 18 weeks in field training where she will ride along with another officer, learn the computer systems and District Attorney’s policies so that when she’s released she will be ready to work as a patrol officer.