Author: Dabney Weems
Protect, prevent and prepare. Employees throughout the Department of Public Safety embody this mission daily as they safeguard and preserve the lives and property of North Carolinians. Across the state DPS employees conduct their jobs in variety of ways supporting the mission. Some work at a desk, patrol the roads, investigate crimes or secure correctional facilities. Wherever the setting, DPS staff are there to protect, prevent and prepare.
Officer Nancy Galleo is an 8-year veteran with State Capitol Police who embraces the qualities and characteristics of an exemplary police officer to carry out the DPS mission daily. The qualities, morals and values were instilled in her by her parents who immigrated from Thailand to the U.S.
She takes her passion for law enforcement, particularly SCP, to heart serving as the department’s lead recruitment officer. Officer Galleo works recruiting fairs and virtual events answering questions for the next group of officers joining the patrol. Recently, she worked with the students in basic law enforcement training at Johnston County Community College.
When she’s not busy recruiting for the department, Officer Galleo is carrying out the State Capitol Police mission protecting government buildings in Raleigh. However, the teamwork-driven officer is currently helping the department working the nightshift as a telecommunications dispatch officer. She has her Division of Criminal Information certification and offered to assist the department in this role.
Officer Galleo is a Thai American who embodies a true public servant. In addition to her eight years of service with State Capitol Police, she has nearly 20 years of service with other law enforcement agencies in the Raleigh area. She volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America by helping scouts complete specific merit badges and routinely fosters dogs and cats for rescue organizations.
“Officer Galleo has an absolute passion for helping others,” said coworker Lt. Thomas Fowler. “You can see that passion shine through her daily work. Whether it’s serving the public or assisting her co-workers, she is always willing to step in and is available to serve. It’s truly an honor to have her as a colleague.”
For Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Department of Public Safety is spotlighting employees who have displayed exemplary service to their communities, either through their job or in their free time. Find more inspiring stories here.