Police Officer Carmen Zuniga

Length of time working for the Village of Skokie?Skokie Police Department Patrol Officer Carmen Zuniga (JPG)
Since 2007.

What do you like most about your job?
There are many things I like about my job, including the people I work with and our department. As a Patrol Officer, every day is different. I like being an Evidence Technician and a Peer Supporter. Mostly, I like to be able to help people and the many ways we serve the community. 

Why did you choose a career in law enforcement?
I knew since my high school days that I wanted a career in law enforcement. I began my career at the age of 21 working for the Illinois Department of Corrections. After some years, I then worked for the Village of Oak Park as a Community Service Officer. Working in this position alongside police officers motivated me to become one. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

How does your background help you carry out your job duties and serve the community?
My background helps me serve in an unbiased manner with fairness and empathy. Being a mother also helps me build a good rapport with kids, young and older.

What do you like most about Skokie?
I like Skokie’s diversity. It also is a community that strives to be the best in all they do. The Police, Fire and Public Works Departments and the park district are all great. The Village provides many services to residents that other towns don’t offer. Skokie also has many great community events.

What’s been your most interesting experience while on the job in Skokie?
My most interesting experience while on the job in Skokie is learning the different cultures and religions of the residents in town. 

What is your proudest accomplishment in your work for the Village of Skokie?
My most recent proudest accomplishment in my work is initiating the Books and Badges for the Skokie Police Department. I never imagined it would become viral and even earn me a Letter of Commendation.

What are your favorite Skokie restaurants?
My favorites are Annie’s Pancake House, Libertad and Pita Inn.