Eddie Gonzales seen and heard it all during his nearly three decades working as a San Antonio police officer.
He joined the force in April 1981, beginning his career on night-shift patrol.
“Back then, we only had the West substation, so I went all over the place,” said Gonzales. “That was great because I really learned the whole city.”
He spent 12 years on patrol, during which he applied for and was accepted to SAPD’s SWAT team. Training roles in the field followed, until he was assigned to a specific task force.
“I worked for a long time with the Secret Service investigation identity theft and fraud,” said Gonzales. “We worked those before it became a crime that the public was really aware of.”
He said he learned the value of good, thorough investigative work during his time on the task force.
Towards the end of his career, he transferred to the newly created Tactical Response Unit, a flexible force with SAPD that could be steered to combat a variety of problems.
“We tackled everything from gang crime to stolen weapons to identity theft,” said Gonzales.
The well-traveled former officer said his wide breadth of experience can bring a unique insight to KSAT viewers.
“I’d like to try and explain to people why certain investigations take certain directions, or what occurs behind the scenes in the police department," he said.
Gonzales will begin to appear regularly during KSAT Crimefighters reports, that air frequently during weekly newscasts.