NEW GARDEN — Berenice Jauregui, 22, is a local star whose light is shining brightly with a new appointment to join one of the most well-respected police forces in America.
The Southern Chester County Regional Police Commission voted unanimously to appoint Jauregui as the department’s records officer on Thursday at a commissioner meeting held this October in West Grove. The role’s official title is records technician and office administrator.
The commissioners also advanced plans to hire three new police officers for the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department, which is based in New Garden, and runs law enforcement operations in the township, Avondale and West Grove. Among locals, there are ongoing hopes that the force will expand its territory into East Marlborough Township and elsewhere, as previously reported..
Commissioner Stephen Allaband said Jauregui is replacing a 14-year employee of the township who left to go to work for another department.
Allaband also serves as chairman for the New Garden Township Board of Supervisors.
“We are currently working with Bernice to incorporate some other duties for the new role,” Allaband said on Friday.
Berenice Jauregui, second from right, stands with her family in West Grove after being appointed to the role of records officer by the commissioners of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department in West Grove on Thursday. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Berenice Jauregui has been a resident of New Garden her entire life. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.
Being bilingual is a key qualification needed in order to be beneficial to the community here, Jauregui said on Friday.
As for her appointment to become the accredited police force’s records officer, she said, “It’s a walk in the right direction for my career in law enforcement. I couldn’t be happier with my job. It is so rewarding to be able to help Spanish speakers in our community.”
New Garden is home to a large position of mushroom farms in the region, with the headquarters of both To-Jo Mushrooms and Basciani Foods based on Penn Green Road in the township. Many workers are Spanish-speaking individuals.
Additionally, with a population of 11,393 residents, many Spanish speakers live in New Garden’s Toughkenamon village, where much change remains ahead to protect to the locals living there via keystone safety measures for pedestrians involving PennDot roads, including a very much needed contemporary signal crosswalk at Newark Road and Old Baltimore Pike. This is where children, teens, and adults cross the roadway constantly to visit the local community market there. Semi-trucks traveling from the Port of Wilmington to Lancaster heavily traffic the intersection. PennDOT has told the Daily Local News construction to update the intersection won’t begin until 2025. “This is the worst intersection in Chester County,” said Allaband back in June.
Part of Jauregui’s driving force in life is her desire to “help the community.” She also seeks to “grow in my career and to grow as a person to show others that hard work pays off.”
When asked what her top three qualifications were to fill the role of records technician and office administrator position for the police department, she said, “I am caring.”
Jauregui continued, “I care about others and I might be the only interaction the person walking into the police department encounters so it’s important to make it a great one.” She cited additional qualifications as her ability to learn and pay close attention to detail.
“Every detail is important,” she said.
A lifelong resident of New Garden, Jauregui said her biggest source of inspiration is her mom, Martha Jauregui.
“She has always told me to work hard and to help others. She could guide me to a happy and successful life even after having to go through the hardship of losing my dad to brain cancer at a young age. She taught me and my siblings that life only gets better,” Jauregui said.
“I am so proud of her and very thankful that she has always listened to the advice,” her mother, Martha, said on Friday. “I have given her to guide her to a happy life.”
Jauregui graduated from Kennett High School in 2018.
“I feel so privileged to grow up in New garden. It has the nicest community of people and schools,” the 22-year-old said.
The role of recorders officer opened up to candidate applications back in August.
“I went for a long shot but here I am,” Jauregui said. “Living the dream and learning something new every day. I just wish my dad was here to see me.” He father, Hector Ramirez, passed away in 2010.
“I would also love to thank Mr. Allaband for recognizing my strengths and curiosity in law enforcement,” Jauregui said.
Jauregui was joined by her two sisters on Thursday in West Grove when the commissioners voted to officially hire her for the role. Her mom’s fiancé, Jose Acosta, also joined the sisters for the special event. Her mother was unable to attend due to work commitments elsewhere. Her little brother, Gabriel Fernando, also could not attend, however the little one is one of her biggest fans, like his sisters.
“She is a renaissance woman,” said sister Hermelinda Jauregui. “She is successful in everything she comes across.”
“I knew she would get the job,” said sister Angelica Jauregui. “Every time I get a chance I show off Berenice because I’m proud of her.”
The sister added, “I will always be here to help and celebrate her achievements.”
Berenice Jauregui, center, attends the airshow at New Garden Flying Field in August with her family and take a moment for a photo with Chairman Stephen Allaband. (COURTESY POTO)