HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A young man got the opportunity to become a deputy for a day thanks to the Harris County Precinct 5 Constables.
Ted Heap, the constable, gave Issac Oviedo the chance to see behind the scenes at the department.
Heap said the department noticed Oviedo about a year ago when he was standing at the front door of a restaurant greeting people with a concealed handgun license badge on his shirt.
The Constable's Office kept in touch for over a year and then decided to give him this opportunity.
Oviedo went through a mock swear-in, spent time with the K-9 units and also spent time with some solo motorcycle units.
He took a ride in a patrol car and initiated a traffic stop in a controlled setting.
During that stop, Oviedo realized the driver had outstanding warrants, so he also went through the arrest and booking process.
He ended his day by debriefing Heap, who was happy to be able to do accommodate Oviedo.
"It makes me feel great. I think any time we can relate to the youth in our society (it's a good thing). Because they're the future," Heap said. "It's a thrill to have him here."