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Araiza recognized by veterans’ groups

Lt. Gustavo Araiza of the Palm Springs Police Department has received a special achievement award from two Coachella Valley veterans organizations.

Araiza received the award May 27 from the American Veterans Post 66 and Jon Castro Chapter 19 of Veterans for Peace during their annual Memorial Day awards luncheon in Cathedral City, according to a statement on Palm Springs’ website.

“As the liaison and manager of the Police Department’s LGBTQ+ Outreach Committee, Lt. Araiza has shown a steadfast commitment to advancing the city’s objectives by supporting LGBTQ+ individuals across various intersections of identity,” said Chief of Police Andy Mills in the statement.

“He has been instrumental in organizing successful public events such as “Cocktails with the Chief” and facilitating initiatives like wrapping the PSPD PRIDE car.”

Araiza also works as a volunteer with “Team Rubicon” and “Recovery First,” both of which  provide support to public safety professionals, according to the statement.

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