POR: Terri Gird March 15, 2009

Terri Gird tends to act like a guy in uniform.

Terri Gird may be a volunteer for the GJPD, but it still is all business with her

Terri Gird may be a volunteer for the GJPD, but it still is all business with her

Don’t get the wrong idea. Gird is all business, and her business is being the volunteer-services coordinator for the Grand Junction Police Department, a place teeming with uniforms.

Actually, it’s not so much the uniform. It’s the people who wear them and what they do. More to the point, it’s what her volunteers help officers get accomplished.

Gird starts her day as soon as she can and lingers a bit longer than many others might.

“I love working with the officers,”  she said, sitting in her office that she shares occasionally with one of her 37 volunteers.

Police officers stroll, and sometimes run, up and down the hallway outside her office, discussing cases and commenting on daily events.

More than one officer pops, mid-sentence, into Gird’s office, reaches into the jar on her desk and tugs out a candy bar, and continues down the hall with a quick head-nod of thanks and continues the conversation with another officer, never breaking so

In addition to keeping track of her volunteers, Gird also runs the Citizens Public Safety Academy and presents victim-empathy classes designed to introduce criminals to the discomfort and fear felt by the victims of crime.


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