Meet Deputy Addy Perez with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Addy, who has been with RCSD since 2016, is known for Live PD on A&E. Here are some things you may not know about her for this week’s #WonderWomanWednesday.
Addy, who is also in the military, says service is in her family. “Some things you are built to do,” she shared.
We asked her what her most memorable experience in law enforcement has been so far. She remembered “catching the guy on the fence” which happened on #livepd. “This guy was coming out of a crack house. It was my first case and it was live. I was able to respond with no fear and worked as a team with Mark Laureno.” This experience made her feel strong moving forward.
Addy was born and raised in the Bronx. As one of the Spanish-speaking officers at RCSD, she shares a rotation on the “Spanish phone”: a hotline used when translation support is needed. We asked her why it is helpful to have Spanish speaking officers: “It helps us share, ‘We are not ICE. We are here to serve.'”
Her favorite thing about law enforcement? “Influencing others, having a positive impact on the community and being able to change the image of law enforcement. Not everyone is the same – you can’t judge from one bad experience with police and label everyone. Once somebody experiences one bad event, it goes for everyone. It’s not right to label us that way. No one wants to be labeled by one bad event.”
We asked her what we can do to help build trust. “Let them speak,” she shared. “Let them vent. Then respond. You can be stern, but if we show respect, we may turn it around. We don’t know what they’ve been through.”
Her passion for service and her commitment to making a difference makes us thankful she chose to join law enforcement. Thank you, Addy!