My name is Trey Luigs and I’m currently a Captain for the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Department of Juvenile Justice (CDCR DJJ). In addition to that, I teach Administration of Justice courses at San Joaquin Delta College. My career began in 2001 as a Correctional Officer for CDCR. During this time I’ve had the opportunity to promote to several different positions at multiple institutions throughout the state of California.
I decided to go into Law Enforcement while in High School. In my first 2 years of College I spent time talking with my teachers and investigating the various aspects of Law Enforcement and decided that Corrections offered me a great opportunity. With so many facilities near this area, I knew once I got my foot in the door I could find a job close to home. However, my first assignment was not close to home but after the probationary period I was able to transfer back to Stockton.
The hardest thing that I have ever done, was walking through the gates at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Soledad on my first day and being assigned to the two story Infirmary. It should be noted that during my time in the academy, I was told that my first few days working inside the facility, I would have a partner. Upon entering the Infirmary prior to my 6am shift, I saw a long white hallway that seemed to go on forever. I stood there for a few minutes waiting to be greeted by my partner, but nobody showed up. I then started walking down the hallway, all the while waiting for someone to jump out at me and scare the bejesus out of me! After walking for a bit, I came upon a nurse. I asked the nurse a few questions, and she just shook her head and said, “is this your first day? Come with me, I will give you a real quick rundown of what you need to do, as you are going to have a hundred plus inmates here in a few minutes getting there morning medication.” She explained what was going to happen and what I needed to do, and sure enough it went down just like she said. Maybe not quite as smooth, but I got through the first few hours of that morning. At about that time, my assigned workers showed up for work, which was a huge help as they were able to walk me through the rest of the day. Might I add, my assigned workers were 3 inmates who were serving LIFE! I will never forget my first day, as nothing could be more difficult than getting through that first day, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
The most unusual job I’ve ever had was working for my father’s Janitorial Company. Throughout my high school and college summers, I spent the evenings working as a Janitor from 5:30pm until 1:30am, mostly dumping trash, mopping, and vacuuming, even cleaning bathrooms.
My favorite way to relax is quality time with my children. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether we are making a pizza, playing a sport, watching a movie, or going on a bike ride. There is nothing more that I enjoy doing other than but being around them and watching them discover the world through their eyes.
My favorite meal is a tossup between beef quesadillas, hamburgers, a good steak, and pizza.
You’d be surprised to learn that after I graduated from Tokay High School, I attended Delta College. During the two years that I was at Delta College, I was a member of the men’s soccer team, and during my sophomore year I was one of the team captains.