To Serve and Protect-With a Dash of Blush

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By Allyson Pebsworth
Staff Reporter

Michelle Carrier, Bowie County resident, Texas Peace Officer, and makeup connoisseur helps empower women and keep our community safe on a daily basis.
Born in Madrid, Spain while her military parents were stationed there, Michelle grew up traveling to different duty stations all over before being settled in Maine. It wasn’t until her father moved to Bowie County for a new job that Michelle found herself living in Texas.
She has been in the Lone Star State for over seven years now and says, “This is home for me now, even though ya’ll still consider me a ‘Yankee’.”
She later graduated from Texarkana College in 2010 with an Associate of Arts-Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) before working as a police/emergency dispatcher. She worked for Liberty County Sheriff’s Office for about a year, and for both New Boston Police Department and Texarkana Communications Center as a dispatcher.
At the young age of 24, Michelle made the realization that she wanted to be on the other side of the radio to “See and be there for the people on the other end of those 911 calls.” Wanting to be a ray of light for people during some of their darkest times, Michelle enrolled in the police academy and began her training in 2012.
Upon graduating from the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore, TX in July of 2012, she began working for the Maud Police Department where she stayed just over a year. She then started as a Reserve Deputy with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office in 2013.
After working at the Department of Health and Human Services for about six months, Michelle came to the realization that she wasn’t where she needed to be and had the opportunity to meet with Bowie County Sheriff, James Prince in April of 2014.
Shortly after her initial meeting with Sheriff Prince, she was called and offered a position with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office. She gladly accepted and has been with BCSO ever since, even receiving a Lifesaving award and Officer of the Year for 2015.
Now as a Texas Peace Officer, Michelle feels, “This sometimes feels like a thankless job, but in my heart I know that what I do everyday when I don this uniform makes a difference. I know the good Lord put me on this path for a reason. He uses me everyday to do His work. He could have pushed me in the direction of any profession, yet here I stand.”
Although there are more lucrative and safer careers in the world, Michelle has no plans on leaving her chosen field and even hopes to finish her Bachelor’s Degree at Texas A&M University - Texarkana in the near future. She believes her work, “It’s not just a job, it’s a calling...it’s something you feel. It’s in our hearts to give ourselves to others in service of our neighbors and fellow man, to protect society, no matter the wage, or the cost.”
Aside from working with the BSCO, Michelle is also a makeup aficionado as an Elite Green Status Presenter for Younique: a naturally based cosmetic and skin care company. Starting with the company just over a year ago, Michelle says, “It adds a little extra income and I get free makeup. I have met so many wonderful women who I now call friends through Younique: other presenters and customers. It is a great company. I help women with their self confidence; uplifting and empowering other women is a lot of fun. I really like it. It’s more like a hobby for me than anything.”

 

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