Keeping our Streets Safe and Our Bodies Fit with Sgt. Freddy Camacho
Want to know the Best ways to protect your home and family? I asked Sgt. Freddy Camacho police officer of 16 years, for his advice. Hear what he does to keep his own home safe in our interview.
Union City Police Sergeant Freddy Camacho does more than your average police officer. He was on the SWAT Tactical Team and is now Unit Leader of the SWAT Sniper Team for UCPD. He participated in the first ever CrossFit Games 10 years ago and finished in 11th place at 41 years old. Since then, Freddy has appeared in the CrossFit Games another 6 times. Freddy is a Level Two Krav Maga instructor and has won gold medals in boxing in both the California Police and Fire Games and the World Police and Fire Games. He is also co-owner of CrossFit of Fremont, locate in Newark.
Freddy has worn a lot of hats. I was interested to learn how he went from Butcher and Mechanic, to Police Officer, Gym Owner, and competitive Athlete. Freddy is unique because he grew up in the East Bay and lives and works here in Union City. He is active socially with our community, through his personal outreach as well as UCPD’s Facebook Page. Currently he’s the unit supervisor for Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit.
Have you seen the CrossFit Games on ESPN? Freddy Camacho has competed on a nationwide level 7 times. His wife Chyna Cho was the highest placing American female in the 2015 CrossFit games making her the fittest woman in America. Talk about a power couple. Together, they are co-owners of CrossFit of Fremont. We talk about his start as an athlete wrestling at both Moreau Catholic High School and at Chabot College.
What inspires you to compete in Athletic competitions past the age of 50 years old? What kind of drive and skill set would you need to run a business and serve in the Union City Police Department. Freddy is driven, talented, and committed. He’s also a good storyteller. As a police officer he doesn’t gloss over the most important questions.
Like what advice would you give our residents to keep safe? What is the one thing that can help neighborhood watches be effective?
“Don’t be afraid to call the police. If something seems suspicious call. Hey you know what if your wrong and it turns out you’re wrong, it’s some guy waiting for his mom and dad to get home or something, No Harm No Foul right? Don’t be afraid to bother us because you’re not bothering us at all.” -Sgt Freddy Camacho
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