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Aiken County deputy knew law enforcement was his destiny

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Aiken County Sheriff's Deputy Gonzalo Campos started with a career in the banking business after graduating from high school. He said after six years of sitting at a computer, it had taken its toll.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Aiken County Sheriff's Deputy Gonzalo Campos started with a career in the banking business after graduating from high school. He said after six years of sitting at a computer, it had taken its toll.

Gonzalo Campos was working his way up the ladder in the banking business when he decided to leave it all behind for a career in law enforcement.

“I sat at a computer screen for six years and it took a toll on me,” the 27-year-old Aiken County sheriff’s deputy said.

Campos took a teller job at SRP Federal Credit Union after graduating from high school to help his family financially and had advanced through the ranks to having his own office. In the back of his mind, however, he’d always considered joining law enforcement.

“When I first told my mom she broke down and cried,” he said of the news he would be a police officer. “She felt it was a dangerous job... As far as my dad, he was all for it.”

His father was especially happy to see Campos become an officer because he could help other Hispanics in the Aiken County area.

Campos and his parents moved to Windsor, S.C., from Pasadena, Calif., when he was around 9 because of increasing worries about the area’s growing gang problem.

His uncle had already settled in Aiken County and convinced them of a safer, more relaxed life in the rural area of South Carolina.

When Campos isn’t wearing a badge, he enjoys fishing, biking and is very active in his Hispanic church on Wire Road where he is a singer.

The deputy, who describes himself as “very religious” with a strict set of morals and beliefs, said at times it’s a struggle to deal with the types of people he runs into with his career in law enforcement.

“It’s a little difficult at times,” he said. “There are certain things you’re taught and how to behave, but then you see others who don’t care.”

He takes those issues up in prayer.

Ultimately, after three years in law enforcement, he said it’s clear to him this is where he’s supposed to be.


AGE: 27

FAMILY: Single

WORK HISTORY: Three years as a Aiken County sheriff’s deputy

LIFE BEFORE LAW: Worked six years at SRP Federal Credit Union as a teller, loan processor and then a member services representative.

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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:29 am
Banker to LEO. Career path plannin 101. HMMMMMMMM....

Banker to LEO. Career path plannin 101. HMMMMMMMM....

wildman 03/24/14 - 04:33 am
Good Man!

I have never met Officer Campos but he has my respect. Do what you really want to and do the best you can. It's obvious that he lives by the golden rule and prays for those that don't. This young man is living the American dream. Thank God his parents were smart enough to get out of California.

ctchpln 03/24/14 - 07:41 am
Good article

Good article on a good person. Deputy Campos is probably a huge help to the Hispanics in Aiken County. He has a lot of positives in his life; that will help him deal with the negatives.

rmwhitley 03/24/14 - 05:29 pm
Mr. Campos

can teach all of us a good life lesson.

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