LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement

The LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement course is available in a variety of formats including both face-to-face and completely online.  Our face-t0-face class can is available in a 2, 4, or 6-hour version and can include a panel activity with LGBTQ+ law enforcement officers.  This training is ideal for in-service personnel and new recruits.

The face-t0-face and online classes are interactive and includes five modules that are designed to address the following learning outcomes:

  1. The student will explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and how these two aspects of identity relate to each other and to race, culture and religion.
  2. The student will define terminology used to describe sexual orientation and gender identity.
  3. The student will identify ways to create an inclusive workplace and to support LGBTQ+ co-workers.
  4. The student will identify key moments in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
  5. The student will understand how hate crimes and domestic violence impact LGBTQ+ people.

We begin all of our classes with a strong statement of intent:  “We are not here to tell you that your religious beliefs, personal values systems or morals are wrong.  We are here to share information and to help you be a more supportive colleague and more effective in serving the LGBT people in your community.  To understand and accept someone else does not require your agreement.  As a law enforcement officer, you obligation is to treat everyone fairly and equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and regardless of your own personal beliefs.”

All of our classes meet the requirements of California Penal Code section 13519.41 that requires LGBT awareness training for peace officers and 9-1-1 dispatchers.  California P.O.S.T. certification is available through the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center.

Online Course

We are excited to offer the only online LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement course in the country!  The course first developed in 2016 and is continuously updated to provide the latest and most contemporary information. The course is hosted on the Canvas Learning Management System and no special software is required.  It can easily be accessed on any PC, MAC, or mobile device with Internet access.

Over 1000 law enforcement professionals from agencies across the United States have completed this course.  We are proud to offer it free of charge to any law enforcement professional or criminal justice student.  Click here for a list of some of the law enforcement agencies who have already participated in this training.

The course requires 4 hours to complete.  Course completion certificates are available for $20.


Customized Online Course Available

Are you interested in providing this training for your entire agency?  We can provide a customized course featuring your agency logo, agency policies, and agency specific questions in the final quiz.  We will also provide certificates of completion for everyone who successfully completes the course. Customized courses are made available for personnel to complete within 30 to no more than 90 days.

Click here to inquire about pricing for a customized course.

For California Law Enforcement Agencies

Out to Protect has partnered with the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center at Napa Valley College to provide a version of this course that is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  This course meets the requirements of California Penal Code Section 13519.41, which specifies LGBT awareness training for California peace officers and dispatchers.  Participants may enroll in this course through the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center using the link below.  Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and 4 hours of CPT credit.

Click here to register for the LGBT Awareness For California Law Enforcement course.
Click here for a brochure about California’s training requirements and 13519.41PC

Face To Face Course

The in-person version of our LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement course includes the same learning outcomes as the online version (see above) and also meets the training requirements of California Penal Code section 13519.41.  We can provide this course onsite at your training facility or at the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center in California.

If you are from a California agency, we can offer California P.O.S.T. certification and CPT credit through our partnership with the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center.

Panel Discussion With LGBT Law Enforcement Professionals

IMG_1513One of the most effective ways of learning about the LGBT community is to hear the stories of LGBT people who are working in law enforcement.  We have an amazing team of professionals with a wide range of age, rank, and experience.  We can bring a panel to your organization or, better yet, bring your organization to the LGBT community.  We can immerse you in the LGBT community by providing a walking tour of the historic Castro District in San Francisco and include a round-table style panel discussion with LGBT law enforcement professionals.  This experience has received high praise from new recruits to seasoned veterans.   Like the programs above, our goals is to increase awareness through education and experience.  Our intent is to create a non-threatening open environment where participants can ask questions and engage in discussion with our experts.

Click here to request information about scheduling a face-to-face class.

Why LGBT Awareness Training Is Necessary

Homophobia is fueled largely by fear and a general law of knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity.  Non-heterosexuality can pose challenges for conservative belief systems and result in hostile work environments, civil litigation, and less than satisfactory service to the community. Two studies published 2013 and 2015 by UCLA’s Williams Institute showed that homophobia is pervasive throughout law enforcement in the United States.  These studies looked at internal and external events with law enforcement and LGBTQ+ people.  Our training will prepare law enforcement personnel to effectively serve members of the LGBTQ+ community and create a change of culture inside law enforcement that is more inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees.

It’s not a matter of if or when an LGBT employee will be hired – they are already working in law enforcement organizations throughout the country.  The issue is whether or not these colleagues of ours feel confident and comfortable coming out and being out at work.  When law enforcement officers understand LGBT colleagues, they are likely to be more comfortable in the field when serving LGBT members of the community.

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