Salute The Badge: Tallahassee Police officer breaks barriers, gives back to community

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Every summer, the Tallahassee Police Athletic League gives kids somewhere to go, something to do and a place where they feel like they belong. Tallahassee Police Officer Tyesha Gates has volunteered her time with the program for seven years, showing kids techniques and helping them get closer to their dreams.

Gates reached her dreams when she joined TPD 10 years ago

“I always wanted to help others and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do so,” she said.

And in following her aspirations, she made history; becoming the department’s first female African-American motorcycle cop.

“It’s a great honor and it’s challenging at the same time and I am proud of the accomplishment,” she said.

Born in New Jersey but raised in Tallahassee, Gates has ties to the city that expand nearly two decades.

“Me being a coach operator for eight years, it really helped me as far as interacting with a lot of people on the streets,” Gates explained.

And whether she’s patrolling the streets, or helping kids with their basketball techniques, Gates says she is proud to be an officer.

And honored to be a role model.

“I am in that position and I hope that others like myself can see that it can be done,” she said.

For her dedication to the city of Tallahassee, and volunteer work with the community, we want to salute Officer Tyesha Gates.

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