Where Are They Now?
Here we are at the end of another year and with just two weeks until 2017 arrives! This is always a great time of year to reflect back on achievements and disappointments of the past year and to look out ahead at the possibilities with excitement and enthusiasm.
Out To Protect has been providing scholarships to new law enforcement professionals now for 7 years thanks to your generosity and support. In fact, we’ve given out 12 scholarships and 1 training grant to support LGBT awareness training for law enforcement. We checked in with a few of our scholarship recipients to see where they are now and how they are doing.
Officer Sam Garanzini has been with the San Rafael, California Police Department now for 6 years now. He just recently was appointed to be a field training officer. Sam said, “I start as an FTO next month. I realized that I love collisions, which is good because my teammates hate them. I’m now on the Major Accident Investigation Team, and just wrote our department’s protocol for our (future) SMART Train collisions. When answering calls, I love identity theft and check fraud cases. I’ve tracked some people down after just receiving a normal, no big deal, call for service that I blew up into a huge thing. That’s fun when it happens.”
Officer Jameiz Terrell is a successful police officer in Richmond, California. When we talked with her recently, she said, “I’m doing great and loving Richmond. I’m currently assigned to the patrol division. Also, a member of the Contra Costa County Mobile Field Force. I’m learning a lot and enjoying the experience.” RIchmond is a busy city, but one that has truly embraced community policing and Officer Terrell is right in the mix of it all.
Deputy Anthony Kasper is enjoying a highly successful career as the very first deputy sheriff at the Solano County Sheriff’s Department who happens to be an openly gay man. You might remember part of Anthony’s story includes “coming out” during the police academy for the very first time. Shortly after he was hired, Anthony got married to his husband Devin. Deputy Morgado has worked assignments in patrol, the civil division, and the courts. He also serves regularly on our LGBT law enforcement training panels.
Last spring, we were thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New England Gay Officers Action League. They applied for and received a $1000 training grant to fund LGBT awareness training for law enforcement agencies in and around the New England region. These trainings are part of what changes minds and hearts and ultimately improves the service law enforcement provides to the community.
Whether it’s a scholarship or a training grant, we couldn’t do any of it without your contributions. Our programs are funded entirely by private donations from people like you. In this time when LGBT civil rights seem to be hanging in the balances of politics, future LGBT members of law enforcement need your support. They need to be recognized and celebrated for what they will bring to our local communities. Now is the perfect time for you become part of our success by making a fully tax deductible donation. No amount is too small to make a big difference. I’m asking that you consider an automatic monthly donation of $5 or more. Signing up is easy and secure, just click the donate button below to get started.
On behalf of the board of directors of Out To Protect, I wish you a very happy, safe, and peaceful new year! Thank you for generosity.
Greg Miraglia, CEO and President
Out To Protect