Misty's Open Road


    Opportunity Youth


    Palm Desert, CA


Lieutenant / Assistant Chief of Police
City of Coachella Police Department

“You've gotta do what scares you the most. Just find the thing that gives you a fire inside and focus on it.”


Government Law


Self-Reflection Struggle Experience Negativity Confidence Desire Determination Fulfillment Values Family Hard Work


Helping People


abuse, abusive household, anger, challenge, cop, drugs, family, fear, growing up, joy, law enforcement, mentors, noise, parents, pass away, police academy, self motivation, service, struggle, yoga


  • Grew up with a father who was addicted to drugs and an extremely abusive stepmother, a woman who she believed to be her mother.
  • Says she got to the point where she was actually glad when her parents did drugs because "at least they left [her] alone."
  • As a child, she was always trying to run away, so she had a lot of contact with law enforcement, who always tried their best to help her.
  • At the age of 18, she packed up her things into a laundry basket, got into her car, and left home forever.
  • Decided to enter the police academy; no one there could intimidate her after what she'd been through as a child.
  • Says she went from "that laundry basket full of clothes to a really nice husband and a really nice house...it's surreal."
  • In 2013, her father passed away, and shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
  • She initially got angry, then had a "pity party," then finally said, "I'm not going to be the victim my whole life"; now she does yoga, takes her illness one day at a time.

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