Officer Maris Heyward is originally from Aiken, South Carolina. He worked for the Taylor Police Department for 3 years before joining the Austin Police Department in 2011. Prior to his career in law enforcement he served for the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Ft. Hood and did two tours in Iraq. Officer Heyward has a Master’s degree in Management and serves as a training instructor for the Austin Police Department with the following certifications and experience: Master Peace Officer certification, Basic Instructor certification, SFST instructor and Drug Recognition Expert.