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LGBTQ+ Liaison Officers

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Christine Garcia


Officer Christine Garcia (She/Her/Hers) became a police officer with the City of San Diego in July of 2007. She is the lead LGBTQ+ Community Liaison Officer and served as the Transgender Community Liaison Officer from 2015 through 2020. She is the San Diego Police Department’s first openly Transgender Police Officer, transitioning from male to female in 2015. She is the founder of the LGBTQ+ Safe Place Program for the San Diego Police Department and works to better represent the LGBTQ+ community within law enforcement. Her prior assignments include Southern Division as a patrol officer, Southeastern Division where she became a Field Evidence Technician and worked patrol as well as Investigations. She then transferred to Eastern Division where she was assigned to Patrol, Juvenile Services Team (School Safety Patrol) and the Crime Suppression Team. Currently, she is assigned to Traffic Division’s Collision Investigation Bureau and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Officer Christine Garcia is LGBTQ and wants the community to know they are not alone. Christine is a native San Diegan.

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Nasira Johnson


Officer Nasira "Nas" Johnson (She/Her/Hers) became a police officer with the City of San Diego in April 2016.  Prior to her employment with the City of San Diego, she was a police officer for Atlanta Police Department for five years.  She has her Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.  She is dedicated to the LGBTQ+ Liaison program and is excited to be serving the LGBTQ+ community. Her other assignments include Southeastern Patrol and the Neighborhood Policing Division.  She is currently assigned to the Homeless Outreach Team.  She enjoys serving various diverse communities and getting our San Diego homeless population shelter.  She is LGBTQ+ and looks forward to serving our LGBTQ+ community.  She is ready to listen to our community, centering the voices of people of color within our community and building bridges between law enforcement and our community.

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Gabriela Ortega


Officer Gabriela "Gabby" Ortega (She/Her/Hers) became a police officer with the City of San Diego in August 2014. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was 17 years old.  She obtained her citizenship and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology.  She is proud to be one of the new LGBTQ+ Liaisons and is excited to be serving the LGBTQ+ community. She has proactively worked in the area of Hillcrest as her beat for over six years.  She has a vested interest in protecting her Hillcrest community, which she not only loves but also calls home. Officer Ortega has worked with the Western Division Crime Suppression Team and is currently a member of the San Diego Police Department Uniform Committee. Currently, she is a Field Training Officer in Western Division, where she assists in the training of new police officers within the Hillcrest neighborhood. Officer Gabby Ortega is LGBTQ+ and is looking forward to helping strengthen the relationship between Law Enforcement and the community.

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Lisa Hartman


Officer Lisa Hartman (She/Her/Hers) became a police officer with the City of San Diego in July of 2004.  She is proud to be a new LGBTQ+ Community Liaison Officer and excited to serve the LGBTQ+ community.  She earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine Athletic Training.  She is not only part of the community but in the beginning of her career proudly worked the area of Hillcrest and North Park.  Her other assignments included Northern Division as a patrol officer, as well as Beach Team officer. She became a Field Evidence Technician to enhance her investigative skills and also worked investigations at both Western Division and Northern Division.  Currently she is assigned to our Training and In- Service unit where she assists in the training of new officers as well as refresher training for sworn officers. She also assisted in the development of and is the instructor of the LGBTQ+ training and which all active San Diego Police Officers and Recruits have attended.  Officer Lisa Hartman is LGBTQ and wants to work with the community to help create a safe and lasting bond.