Hello, I've come to this site in hopes of finding friendship & comrade among fellow officers. Back in 2003, I was a New York state peace officer (reserve police officer) but found it more difficult to continue as I had also begun coming out. The remarks & comments from fellow officers made it difficult for me to remain.
See, what made it more special (& a lifelong dream) was that I am someone with a disability. The dept brought it up to the County Executive & he green lighted my moving forward. A proud moment for me was being sworn in & receiving my shield. Unfortunately, for me it was also a very challenging time as I was going through the pain of coming out & being my true self.
What brings me to this site & in search of support was because recently I was going through some stuff trying to organize things & came across some of my old police articles. I've begun reaching out to various LGBTQ organizations (am also an LGBT activist) in hopes of re-entering law enforcement because it's something I'm strongly passionate about.
Am a former EMT & am currently an MRC, Emergency Communications Officer (Ham Radio), Disaster Services & local OEM. Happy Thanksgiving to all & lets stay safe out there!