Officer Carolina Villarreal was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. Her parents are Ruben D. Villarreal Jr. and Patricia Villarreal. Villarreal's father served the City of Laredo International Bridge System for 25 years where she constantly observed local and federal officers around her father's workplace. Villarreal admired public service from that and knew she would dedicate herself in the profession.
Villarreal graduated high school from United HS and moved to San Marcos, Tx to attend Texas State University. Villarreal received a BA degree in Spanish with a minor in music.
After college Villarreal dedicated some time to the Texas State Guard and was employed by the City of Lockhart as a 911 Communications Operator. While working full time at the City of Lockhart, she worked on receiving her Basic Peace Officer license at San Antonio Colleges. During that time, Villarreal found a job posting from UT- Austin Police Department and decided to apply. Villarreal was fortunate to be offered a position as a Police Cadet and attend the 94th Basic Peace Officer Course Academy by UT System Police. Villarreal graduated from the academy 5 months later, receiving the Physical Fitness award and the Top Cadet award.
Villarreal has been with UTPD for 1.5 years and a commissioned Officer for 1 year. She has received her Intermediate Peace Officer education. Villarreal has attended the Rape Aggression Defense Instructor school and plans to attend as many training courses she can including bike school in order to diversify her professional portfolio and better serve the UT System. Villarreal was recently selected to assist as a Rape Aggression Defense Instructor and Intermediate Spanish Instructor. Villarreal intends to promote with the UT System Police Department.
When off duty, Villarreal spends most of her time enjoying the company of her family. She enjoys cooking, running, hiking, exploring Central Texas, and finding local hole-in-the-wall eateries.