Everyone has to start somewhere when taking the first steps into their career. For Officer Kayla Evans, the odds of her adult career beginning in law enforcement started long before she graduated college. As a third generation police officer, Kayla knew that law enforcement was her calling.
Kayla was born and raised in Riverside, California. She attended college at San Diego State University where she double majored in Political Science and International Security and Conflict Resolution. After graduation, Kayla considered attending law school, but ultimately applied for a sworn position with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). From that moment on, Kayla knew she had made the right decision.
In the beginning of her career with SDPD, Kayla was first assigned to Eastern Division patrol. She did not stay there for long. Kayla went on to work at Northern Patrol for a few years until being transferred to Beach Team, Northern Investigations, and now, VICE. It only took Kayla five short years to be considered an Acting Detective at her current assignment. Though Kayla is still considered a younger member on the department, she has been thoroughly working her way up. When asked where she sees her profession going, Kayla mentions that she hopes to be promoted to a full time detective with the homicide unit being her end goal. Her father is a retired Corona Police Department homicide detective and she would like to follow in his footsteps.
Kayla states that no matter the position, the most rewarding part of being an officer is getting to help people. “I love getting a good case and doing the best I can to investigate and solve it,” she explains. Going through the steps and being able to help even in the slightest way gives her an accomplished feeling. Her willingness to encounter and work with people in the community for each new case is crucial to her success. Kayla states, “I know I have a lot to learn and things can change quickly, but being new can mean bringing fresh ideas to the table.”
Recently, Kayla was elected as one of the new directors on the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) Board of Directors. Her involvement with the SDPOA besides being a member included her time as an SDPOA legal representative. One of her main focuses as a director will include expanding the realms of communication between the members and the SDPOA. She feels that it is important for all members to have a voice. “I am open to seeing changes within the department, because I still have my whole career ahead of me.” Kayla explains that opening up the conversation can benefit both new and seasoned law enforcement officers for the SDPD.
Outside of work, Kayla enjoys spending time with friends, family, and especially her two dogs. The travel bug bit Kayla in college and she tries her best to travel to a different location at least once a year. Locations that she has visited include several cities in Europe, Thailand, Denmark, and many more.
She looks forward to each new day and cannot wait to see what the future has in store.