Fortunately, instead of the backlash she anticipated, she received nothing but support.
“Proud of you,” wrote one officer. “You have my full support. Let me know if you need anything.”
Another wrote, “Please tell Chris I am proud of him and wish him the best in the process.”
And another: “He is stronger than I have ever been.”
Garcia claims that “a lot of them came to me and said ‘you know what? You’re a good cop and that’s all that matters is that you’re a good cop. It was very inspiring to me. It showed me that I really can be a cop and I can be transgender and it really is okay.”
In order to emotionally deal with the transition, Garcia has been working with The Center throughout, and hopes to help and inspire others going through a similar journey.
“I took it upon myself to get involved in the community because I care about my community,” she explained. “It’s the community that I work for. I know there are others out there like me, and I also want to be there to help them through their process if they choose to come out because it’s really difficult to do this alone.”