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LGBTQ Liaisons

Sheriff Mina with OCSO's LGBT Liaison deputies

LGBT Liaisons pictured with Sheriff Mina (left to right: Sergeant Christopher Tatum, Sergeant Robin Petrie, Lieutenant Brandon Ragan, Detective Mara Everson)

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and fair and respectful treatment of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) residents and visitors. OCSO currently has several LGBT Liaison deputies who are available to work with community members, visitors and business owners in the following areas:

  • Work with all sectors and units of the Sheriff’s Office to identify with LGBT citizens and address their concerns
  • Assist in productive dialogue with investigative units concerning LGBT-related crimes
  • Work with other law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations to become educated and involved in LGBT-related issues

For further information regarding the LGBT Liaison program, please contact Lieutenant Brandon Ragan at Brandon.Ragan@ocfl.net

All of our liaisons are active in the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) of Central Florida www.goalcfl.com whose mission is to support, educate, and promote a positive relationship between LGBTQ law enforcement professionals and the communities in which they work, live and serve.

Meet our Liaisons

Lieutenant Brandon Ragan

Lt. Ragan grew up in Orlando and knew he wanted to be a Deputy Sheriff since he was a student at Colonial High School and joined the OCSO Explorer program in the late 1990s. He has been with the agency since 2003, and has worked in patrol, as a Sergeant for School Resource Officers, criminal investigations, and Sex Crimes. He is currently the Watch Commander in Sector II. Lt. Ragan has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters in Leadership and Management. He is the Vice President of the Gay Officers Action League of Central Florida and active in the One Pulse Foundation.

Sergeant Christopher Tatum

Sgt. Tatum works in Sector II Uniform Patrol and has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since 2009. He entered law enforcement after working in Information Technology in the nuclear industry, where he had his first foray into digital forensics and realized he wanted to use his skills to solve crime. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and a Doctorate in Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, is active in the Gay Officers Action League of Central Florida and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida.  

Sergeant Robin Petrie

Sgt. Petrie was a high school and college athlete who was inspired to enter law enforcement by her high school soccer coach, who was a police captain. She played college basketball and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Sergeant Petrie has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since 2009 and has worked in patrol in various areas of the county. She is currently assigned to Sector II. Sergeant Petrie is active in the Gay Officers Action League of Central Florida

Detective Mara Everson

Detective Everson came to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office 10 years ago after serving a decade in U.S. Air Force Security Forces. She has worked in Patrol, as a School Resource Officer and is currently a Detective in the Domestic Crimes Unit, specializing in child abuse cases. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management, is active in the One Pulse Foundation and serves as Sergeant at Arms of the Gay Officers Action League of Central Florida.