The LGBT Awareness For California Law Enforcement Course addresses the following five topics.
- 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.
- The terminology used to identify and describe sexual orientation and gender identity.
- How to create an inclusive workplace within law enforcement for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.
- Important moments in history related to sexual orientation and gender identity minorities and law enforcement.
- How law enforcement can respond effectively to domestic violence and hate crimes involving sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.
Available Training Formats
Out To Protect developed the LGBT Awareness For California Law Enforcement training program based on our very successful national program and provided it at no cost to California.
The Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center offers this training certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training in face-to-face and online formats. Both formats offer interactive training using similar activities. Participants in the face-to-face course begin by discussing common stereotypes of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. The identification of these stereotypes sets a foundation for the rest of the course. Participants compare these common beliefs with science and examine their genesis in history. Correct terminology and definitions are presented with the intent of enabling participants to communicate and discuss LGBTQ issues more confidently and appropriately. Focus is placed equally on the internal law enforcement workplace and external community. The face-to-face format can be supplemented with a community panel or a walking tour of the Castro in San Francisco.
Click here to to learn more about how to bring a face-to-face class to your agency or call the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center directly at 707-256-7700.
The online course is provided using the Canvas learning management system. It can be accessed by any computer with Internet access and requires no special software. It can also be accessed on mobile devices using the free Canvas app. The course can be started and paused as necessary by the student, which makes it available for working law enforcement employees to complete on duty. Law enforcement personnel can register and begin the training 24/7, but they must complete the course by the course end date.
The online course requires participants to engage with each other in online discussions. Learning activities are included throughout the course that mirror the face-to-face experience. Audio clips, videos, and web content provide the instruction and a final course quiz assesses learning.
The Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center offers this California P.O.S.T. certified online class every semester (fall, spring and summer).
Training For Trainers
We developed a total training package and a training for trainers course for those agencies wishing to have their own in-house instructors. The train the trainer course is 8 hours in length and provides participants with the Instructor Guide that includes course outlines, lesson plans, learning activities, and PowerPoints to use in delivering face-to-face courses. This course is ideal for academy instructors charged with delivering this training for the basic law enforcement academy and basic dispatcher academy.
You don’t have to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community to teach the LGBT Awareness course. If you are a straight ally and interested in preparing yourself with the background knowledge necessary to successfully deliver this area of training, we recommend you being by reading “Coming Out From Behind The Badge.” Click Here To Learn More About This Book.
It is recommended that participants have already completed basic instructional skills training, such as the Academy Instructor Certificate Course (AICC) or Basic Field Training Officer course. This course does not include basic instructional skills training, but will demonstrate how to present the 4-hour LGBT Awareness Course and all of the included learning activities. Participants will leave with the knowledge of how to get a course certified and options for presenting the training including how to incorporate local community participation.
For California agencies, the LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement Training For Trainers course is provided by Out To Protect and the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center on-site in Napa and is certified by California P.O.S.T. Click Here To Learn More About Course Dates.
Agencies outside of California interested in hosting or attending this course should inquire via this website. Click Here To Request More Information.
In 2018, Out To Protect worked with California Assembly Member Evan Low to author Assembly Bill 2504 which adds to the California Penal Code Section 13519.41 and requires LGBT awareness training for peace officers and dispatchers in California starting January 1, 2019. The required training topics were identified with input from Equality California and the San Jose, California Police Department.
Out To Protect committed to developing training courses and instructional materials for California law enforcement to use in order to meet this new requirement. We partnered with the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center to facilitate delivery of this training and have committed to work with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop new curriculum for the basic law enforcement academy and basic dispatcher academy.