The O.P.O.C. award was created in the Memory of Dr. Charles Garrett, a pillar of the community and staunch supporter of law enforcement.
Rafael “Trini” Trinidad, along with Officers of the San Antonio Law softball team, founded the Shields for Kids charity in 2016 from a desire to give back to the children in need in the community in which they serve. Shields for Kids, carries the slogan of “OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE DOESN’T END WHEN OUR SHIFT IS OVER”.
This organization gives back to the community in which they serve while in an “off duty” capacity. Trini has directed many remarkable events to include The Signing Santa, an event organized after learning that the Deaf and Hearing Impaired children cannot communicate to Santa as the rest of the population can. Kids and their families attended from all over the state and were extremely appreciative. Also several Movie Events where we fill a movie theatre, treat the kids and families to popcorn and soft drinks while utilizing open captions and signers so our Deaf and Hearing Impaired community can enjoy a movie with their family just as the rest of us. Don’t forget the Christmas Gives to The Housing Communities or Families that are in need during tough times or SEEKING CHILDREN WITH CANCER to do something special for them based on what makes them happy. Trini could relate to those going through adversity as he is continuously fighting cancer himself but still finds the time and motivation to give to others in the community he serves. Trini is a Veteran of the US Air Force and the mastermind, the man with the vision for this unbelievable organization and for that, we thank him.
For all of his contributions, Trini has been selected the 2019 O.P.O.C. award winner and it is well deserved!
Special thanks goes out to Garrett Metal Detectors for sponsoring this award and their continued support of law enforcement and policesoftball.com.