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Sgt. Daniel Meyer ... more than just a cop

SAN DIEGO, California -- As the LGBT liaison, San Diego Police Sgt. Daniel Meyer brings 10 years of service on the force to Hillcrest and surrounding areas. Aside from protecting citizens, he is also determined to make sure people know that police officers are people, too.

Meyer grew up in Woodland, California and made his way to San Diego when he was 2 years old. Like most kids, he played sports and by his own admission says “I was a hyper kid who at times, as my parents described it, bounced off the walls as a child.”

His parents were strict, yet caring and supportive. Meyer often looks back at his childhood and credits his parents for providing a stable and positive foundation, leading him to the successes and achievements he has accomplished.

His mother, Cindy, just may be the reason Meyer became a police officer in the first place. She is also an officer and has been on the police force for more than a dozen years.

“My mom found her own passion to be in law enforcement and still is an officer for the San Diego Police Department,” Meyer said. “She has been with the department for approximately 13 years and was a Corrections Deputy Sheriff for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Currently, she works in the department’s Vice Administration Unit.”

It’s clear that Meyer shares that same passion for the force as his mom.

“It sounds so cliché [to say] ‘I want to help people and make a difference’ but it accurately describes my desire to become a police officer. It seemed every time I turned on the news some gruesome crime had occurred. Oftentimes it was in our neighborhood, or city, or county. I saw people being victimized and targeted simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"As a kid growing up, I always felt like I cared about people and empathized with them more than most people did. As a police officer, this quality has to allowed me to help people in ways I never thought I could. Sometimes, when a person has been victimized, the police officer responding to their call for help is the only thing that can change how they are feeling. Seeing someone go from complete terror and fear to a feeling of safety and security because of your presence or because you have apprehended their offender provides a tremendous feeling of worth and public service.”

Being openly gay, Meyer pays special attention to the LGBT community by taking part as an LGBT liaison and being on the Chief’s LGBT Advisory Board.

“Diversity within the community and the department is extremely important to our organization," Meyer said. “Chief Shelley Zimmerman believes in a close and constant working relationship with every community and this stance certainly applies to the LGBT community.

On a more personal level, Meyer is no different than most people. His time off is spent with his family and close friends who are very important to him. He's a dedicated police sergeant by day and a fun-loving single guy when off the clock.

“I am a pretty simple person,” Meyer said. “I try to stay active and have a huge passion for racquetball and snowboarding. My biggest passion in life is traveling. Experiencing other cultures, food and ways of life has become a mission for me. I’ve visited 24 countries so far and simply can’t say I will ever stop. Seeing the world has opened my eyes and continues to challenge me in ways I would have never thought possible.”

There is one thing Meyer wants the citizen’s of San Diego to know, aside from knowing that they are protected, and that’s that police officers are just like everyone else.

“It seems too often that people forget that officers are people too,” Meyer added. “We feel emotional and physical pain just as anyone else. However our humanistic feelings can sometimes be forgotten. Our officers are here each and every day working hard to keep our communities safe for everyone. I know this to be true because I am a personal witness to their hard work and dedication to duty. No one can say officers don’t make mistakes, because they do. I am the first to admit that I have made mistakes in the past and I will make mistakes in the future. It is that very thing that makes us human. My request of everyone is to remember that fact and think about it the next time you deal with an officer.”