Dps Officer Living Her Childhood Dream


Tiffany Harold is a woman no one could accuse of being lazy. She is a wife, mother of three children and now an officer with the Department of Public Safety.

Harold has wanted to be a police officer since she was a young girl growing up in Pine.


Tiffany Harold

"It was actually (Payson Police Chief) Gordy Gartner who got me interested and talked to me a lot about a career in law enforcement when I was a teenager," Harold said.

Harold put off law enforcement to get a teaching certificate.

"I got my degree in education from Northern Arizona University," Harold said. "That's where I met Chris."

Chris is Payson Police Officer Chris Harold, Tiffany's husband.

The couple are able to juggle their schedules so they rarely need a babysitter for their three children, ages 9, 3, and 1.

"Chris and I don't have much time together," she said. "But it's the best thing for our kids."

Harold said her husband has been fully supportive of her new career.

"Chris has been wonderful," she said.

As a DPS officer, Harold patrols 90 miles of highway. She worked on 30 accidents in her first few weeks on the job.

Harold said the heavy rains have given her and the other DPS officers plenty to do.

"Right now there is a lot of debris and rocks in the roadway up on Highway 260 near Christopher Creek," Harold said. "We have been working a lot of wrecks in that area."

But DPS officers don't just handle accidents, they also assist other law enforcement agencies in catching criminals.

For Harold, the best part of the job is helping people, she said.

"The hardest part is balancing work and family," Harold said. "Scheduling can be a little crazy sometimes."

Harold said she has no desire to work her way up the law enforcement ladder.

"I definitely want to get more training, but I have no desire to be a supervisor," she said. "I like to be outdoors. I don't want be in an office all day. I am just so happy to be where I am right now."

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