Tustin police officer meets every challenge and thrives


For Tustin Police Officer Estela Silva, her life and her foray into law enforcement have been marked constantly with challenges. But Silva, who stands 5 feet tall, hasn’t shied away from any of them. She spent her teen years living in a group home in a low-income neighborhood in Santa Ana, a situation that could have led to bad choices. The environment was structured and disciplined, though, Silva said, which wound up being a good thing. While living in the group home, Silva was influenced by her house father, who was a police services officer at Tustin Police Department. “He…

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