Tag: community policing

Training For Law Enforcement

Now more than ever, law enforcement professionals at every level need to understand sexual orientation and gender identity – more specifically, they need to understand non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming minorities – the LGBTQ+ community. Most states do not require any

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Pride Toronto Excludes Police

Today we learned that Pride Toronto, the organization behind Toronto’s annual pride celebration, voted to exclude participation from law enforcement in the parade and pride celebrations.  They actually took conscious action to exclude law enforcement including officers who happen to be

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Community Hypocrisy

Law enforcement has had a strained relationship with the transgender community for many decades.  And much like other minority groups, the transgender community has clashed many times with law enforcement throughout the community’s fight for equality and civil rights.  But

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Every Agency Needs An LGBT Liaison

In cities large and small, in every region and state, there is a population of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This isn’t news and shouldn’t surprise even the most naive law enforcement professional.  How visible LGBT people are in

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The Answer Is Not Exclusion

As I prepare to conduct the orientation for our 100th Basic Police Academy class, I’m listening to news reports coming from Dallas about eleven police officers being shot by snipers, five of whom were killed.  This all happened during a protest about

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