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Veronica Rodrigues was raised in Antioch, CA, and graduated from Antioch High School in June 1999. She received an athletic scholarship for softball to attend California State University, Sacramento. She later transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a member of the softball team, a member of the 2002 Division I National Championship team, and captain of the 2004 team. She graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2004.
Veronica was hired as a police officer by the UC Berkeley Police Department in October 2004 and graduated from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office police academy in May 2005. In 2009, she transferred to the City of Berkeley Police Department, where she has held positions as a patrol officer, bicycle patrol officer, Special Enforcement Unit officer, Special Investigations Bureau detective, patrol Sergeant, and Community Services Bureau Sergeant. She served on the Special Response Team (SWAT) for about 10 years, and is currently one of the lead instructors for BPD's Principled Policing program and Alameda County's Inner Perspectives Leadership Development Program.
Veronica is married, has an 8-year-old son and a black doodle named Scout, and lives in Walnut Creek. Her favorite hobbies are camping, backpacking, exercising, hiking, and coaching sports. From 1995 until about 2011, she volunteered to coach softball for girls ranging in age from 8-17, for high school teams, and competitive travel teams.
Her sponsor is Tina Etcheverry.