Officer Heather McClendon was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. Heather's father was a Houston Police Officer for 31 years and she knew from an early age that she wanted to follow in his footsteps. She moved to Austin in 2008 and attended Texas State University. In 2009 she applied with the Austin Police Department to pursue a career in law enforcement. After graduating the police academy in 2010 Heather worked night shift for four years in APD's South East command (aka Frank Sector) before transferring to day shift. She completed training to become an intoxilizer operator and a Crisis Intervention Team officer while patrolling Frank for 11 years. Heather joined the Recruiting Unit in March of 2021. In her spare time she enjoys staying close to home to garden, work on her yard and spend time with her family (especially her fur babies).