Officer Eric Cortez was born in California and moved with his family to Colorado at 16. After graduating high school he served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as a cryptologic linguist. Following his service in the Air Force he entered the law enforcement field, working for Galveston Police Department in South Texas. Officer Cortez joined the Austin Police Department in 2007 where he has been assigned to several specialized units including Police Technology and most recently, Recruiting. When not in uniform, Officer Cortez enjoys playing video games, tubing the Texas rivers, and practicing jiu-jitsu. He is currently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Texas State University.