Meet Christine Garcia first Transgender San Diego Police Officer

Christine Garcia SDPD

Today the City of San Deigo announced Officer Christine Garcia’s transition with a heartwarming video and story on Inside San Diego which is an extension of the official City of San Diego website.

Christine Garcia SDPDOn any given day, Christine Garcia is prepared to respond to the worse. With nearly nine years of service on the books with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), Garcia has worked every avenue of traffic policing, from neighborhood patrol to fatal accident investigations.

But, what most people don’t know, underneath the badge is a 32-year-old officer who has spent a majority of her life struggling with her identity. Garcia, a former high school wrestler, came out to the police department as being transgender in July 2015. In November, she began to make her physical transformation from Chris to Christine – reporting for duty as a female.

“I felt like I was Christine all along,” she said. “I am who I am.”

But, learning to be comfortable with who she really is, wasn’t easy.

“I would often sit there and think to myself, ‘If this is in my brain, if I was born this way, then I’m broken,’” she said. “I would constantly sit there and pick myself apart.”

It took years for her to feel comfortable enough to finally tell those around her. Her biggest barrier wasn’t telling her family, however, it was revealing the truth to her colleagues at the department.

‘Nothing but positivity’ from SDPD

As the only openly transgender police officer in San Diego, announcing her transition within the department was unprecedented.

“I didn’t know if I was going to lose complete respect from them [other officers],” she said. “Because here I was, going from masculine to feminine, in a primarily masculine profession.”

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7 Responses to Meet Christine Garcia first Transgender San Diego Police Officer

  1. Hope July 15, 2016 at 10:29 pm


  2. Linda Johnson July 17, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Good for her!

  3. July Cook July 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I know it’s great news isn’t it. For someone without an ITFA her intuition is amazing. She’s tried to do so much for the community, yet she looks so young, what all of about 30. A great example! A real inspiration. She’ll be a colonel before you know it and I bet given the opportunity she’d steer a lot of good people in the right direction. You can tell so much more about a person by what they don’t say, than by what they do. If I ever met her, I’d give her a sapphire rose and shake her hand.

  4. Bobbi Lee Henry July 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

    another step in the right direction!!!!

  5. Teodoro Ingraham August 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Garcia did eventually work up the courage to come out to the entire force and begin working as female.

    • Katia Zatul August 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      All things considered, it’s quite amazing. I wonder what her next great achievement will be?

  6. Shannon White November 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I am straight and I give you so much credit and courage. I really hope for you the best. You will help so many people understand and make the community a better place to live in. Keep safe and keep up the good work. ALWAYS BACK THE BADGE.