Police Officer Robert Ochoa
Robert (Rob) Ochoa, Police Officer
Length of time working for the Village of Skokie?
Six and a half years. I was assigned as a School Resource Officer for the past two years, but will be back on Patrol beginning this summer.
What do you like most about your job?
I have the opportunity to help people and be a positive role model to youth.
Why did you choose a career in the public safety?
When deciding what I wanted to do for a realistic career I remembered my junior high D.A.R.E Officer Bill. He was my first interaction with a police officer and was a positive role model, and we are still in contact today. I genuinely enjoy helping people and have been told I am a good communicator. I believe I also have a good moral compass that helps me distinguish between right and wrong. After deliberating all these and many more factors, I came to the conclusion that my strengths would be best suited in a public service career.
How does your background help you carry out your job duties and serve the community?
I come from a diverse blue collar family. We were never rich, but my grandparents/parents worked hard to give me a better life than they had. I was never handed anything, was never the smartest student, but it was instilled from a young age that hard work pays off. I believe this keeps me grounded in reality and allows me to sympathize with people who are struggling. With my strong work ethic I believe I go above and beyond what my job “description” entails.
What do you like most about Skokie?
Working for the Skokie Police Department has allowed me to meet people I otherwise would not have come in contact with and be exposed to many different people/cultures I would have not previously seen. Several of these people have turned into my close friends.
What was your most interesting experience while on the job in Skokie?
I came in contact with some current/former NFL players while on duty which was cool.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your work for the Village of Skokie?
I was happy that the “Lip Sync” video was so well received, and I was very grateful to sing the “National Anthem” during the Skokie Fourth of July Parade a few years ago. Some of my proudest moments include administering first aid and/or CPR to potentially save someone’s life, and youth that I had previously interacted with keeping in contact or coming back years later to say hi!
What are your favorite Skokie restaurants?
Hubs and Grecian Kitchen. I never had a Gyro until I started working here!
Published summer 2021