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The Fight After the Fight by Officer Ann Carrizales

LERMA proudly welcomes Officer Ann Carrizales to present the LERMACON 2024 keynote address The Fight After the Fight.

Officer Carrizales joined the Stafford Police Department in 2010 and has survived two officer involved shootings, most recently in October 2013 where she was shot twice during a traffic stop. With more than 21 years of combined military and civilian police experience, she is currently an officer with the Meadows Place Police Department in Meadows Place, Texas, in addition to her travels nationally and internationally sharing her story of survival with police agencies, universities, churches, and other groups.

When presenting The Fight After the Fight, Officer Carrizales shares her experience in raw and emotional detail, in the hopes of inspiring others to remain in the fight and never quit. Officer Carrizales focuses on important aspects of survival mindset and discusses her experiences with post traumatic stress disorder/injury (PTSD/I).

It is her goal to inspire all law enforcement professionals to evoke a never quit mentality that is vital to the success of all law enforcement professionals both on and off the streets. In addition, she hopes to empower others by providing them with the "emotional tactics" that they are not provided at the start of their careers. Tactics that are vital to enduring battles both on the job and in their personal lives.

Officer Carrizales began her career in the military with the United States Marine Corps. In 1997, Officer Carrizales made history as she became the first female to represent the USMC in amateur boxing. In 1999 she became the U.S. Women’s National Champion in her weight division and was ranked #1 in the country. As a Sergeant, Officer Carrizales attended Leadership Training at the Marine Corps Institute, serving as a Criminal Investigator and a Field Training Officer, receiving multiple meritorious awards for superior achievement and performance. In 2010 Officer Carrizales joined the Stafford Police Department working special assignments such as FTO, Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, Police Trainer and worked as a Crisis Negotiator on the East Fort Bend County Regional SWAT Team.