LGBTQ Citizens Police Academy

April 2018

The Issue

Outreach to the LGBTQ community is vital to the Atlanta Police Department (APD) because of the need for stronger understanding and trust with all the communities they serve.

The Solution

In April 2018, APD launched its first-ever LGBTQ Citizens Police Academy, a specialized program facilitated by APD’s LGBTQ Liaison Unit officers. The program consisted of information on core Citizens Police Academy topics including homicide, human trafficking, use of force and more. All of the topics were accompanied by conversations on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community and how to better partner with police.

I commend the Atlanta Police Department for prioritizing a culture of respect with Atlanta’s LGBTQ community. Atlanta must remain a community where all people live their lives openly, feel safe, and be free of discrimination.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms