In the 608: Local man showing pride in his work and community

MADISON, Wis. – Sgt. Mick Price has been with Wisconsin State Capitol Police for eight years, but this June might be one of his favorites on the job. The East Troy native was asked to raise the Pride Flag earlier this month.

Sgt. Price oversees the safety and security of the Wisconsin State Capitol and other state-run facilities. He’s usually seen with Detective K-9 Yachi.

Being in law enforcement is just part of Sgt. Price’s story; he’s also openly gay.

“I got into this because I want to make a difference,” Price said. “It was one of those where I was scared to get into the field, but now you’d be surprised to see how supportive and phenomenal the work environment actually is.”

Mick was gifted a rainbow flag that flew high in downtown Madison in June of 2020, but this year he had the honor of putting up the new one for Pride Month.

“People see this uniform but forget that there’s a real person underneath this. A lot of people say I’m surprised that you’re a gay cop, and I say why, because I want to represent the people who live and work here,” Price added. “My motto is, be the change you want to see in the world.”

It’s something he never used to be comfortable talking about while on the job. Now, he’s proud to be himself and happy to call the Capital City home, with his fiancé Adam and K9 Yachi at his side.

“I want people to know that they can come to me, and that they should feel safe if they visit the Capitol. No matter what your background is, we are here to support everyone,” said Price.