Officer Natalie Garcia has already made her mark on the Santa Ana Police Department as a key member in the creation of a Pre-Academy for new recruits, a leader on Chief David Valentin’s 30-for-30 campaign to attract more female officers, and a member of the social media team providing crucial information to the public.

As Garcia, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, settles into her new office space at the Santa Ana Police Department, she seeks to bring effective communication and transparency to the department as its new PIO, with a unique understanding of the community she serves.

For Garcia, the move is filled with new challenges but much opportunity.

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected as our Department’s new PIO. As someone who dreamt of being a Santa Ana Police Officer at the start of their law enforcement career, I am humbled to be the ‘face’ of SAPD, but most importantly, I am here as a reflection and a resource for the community we serve,” she said.