INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis police officer Randy Diaz is the son of immigrants.
He said he faced some challenges growing up in the Bronx, New York. Now he’s using these lessons to make a positive impact in Indianapolis.
“I feel like I should experience the things in my life so that I can be here today and give them the message that this is a fight and that you are not the only one,” said Diaz.
Diaz is an immigration officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. “I love what I do. I love keeping people safe.”
He says his parents moved to the United States from the Dominican Republican for a better life. He says that as an American, he struggled to find his way around his parents’ culture. He also grew up in a difficult neighborhood.
“I love going out and talking to the community and relieving some of the fears they have,” said Diaz. “I didn’t grow up in the Bronx and sometimes it was dangerous and sometimes there were gangs.”
Now he hopes to inspire students from all walks of life to make their dreams come true.
“It inspired me,” said Jocelyn Medina, a student at Scecina Memorial High School.
“He’s been talking about going to the navy and I want to go to the army too, just as it showed me that if you choose to, you can do it,” said Medina.
“I loved the way he saw him become who he is right now and that could probably help me as much as it has helped him in the past,” said Nelson Luna, a student at Scecina.
“Not seeing people like me in professional positions meant a lot to me to change that,” said Luna.
The IMPD officer said: “My main focus is crime and I love to focus on crime prevention.”
“How can I give the immigrant refugee community the information they need to hear and protect them? I work a lot with companies, churches, ways to protect yourself, and the importance of reporting crimes. “
Diaz adds that he hopes these discussions will help bridge the relationship between the police and members of the community.