Dustin Maria has known he wanted to be in law enforcement since he was 8-years-old when he first met a police officer from the Antioch Police Department.
"If you want something bad enough you'll work hard to achieve it, " said Maria, who on Thursday saw his dream come true when he was sworn in as deputy sheriff with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
Family and friends attended the ceremony, including the police officer Maria first met; Antioch Police Sgt. Tom Furhmann.
Deputy Maria began his law enforcement goal in 2004 when he joined the Explorer Scout Post #120 with Tehama County Sheriff's Office. The Tehama County Sheriff's Explorer Scout program is a youth oriented program affiliated with the regional and national organizations of the Boy Scouts of America. He promoted to the rank of Captain, which is the highest rank possible in this program. He served with the Explorer program until 2011.
In May of 2011, Deputy Maria completed his Associates in Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science as well as his Associates in Science degree in Law Enforcement from Butte College. On June 9, 2011 Deputy Maria graduated at the top of his class from the Butte College 127th Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
In July of 2012 until the present time, Deputy Maria served as a Reserve Deputy with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Maria will be assigned to the Operations Division.