LGBTI and Law Enforcement

LGBTI and Law Enforcement

LGBTI and Law Enforcement

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LGBTI and Law Enforcement

Few populations within a community can invoke perceived controversy as much as the LGBTI community, where fear of differences and the lack of education can be identified as being primary causes. Law Enforcement must remain neutral at all times. This requires education and knowledge of the complexities of these communities along with a Sheriff that demands compliance from every staff member.

I have been in law enforcement for decades and have seen many challenges that members of the LGBTI community endure in relation to simply surviving in today’s society. I have witnessed the discomfort in rooms when topics related to LGBTI are discussed. This reaction is different than discussing the citizen or inmate who is of a certain religion or who has a disability which may require accommodations of various kinds. It was not until I decided to embrace the LGBTI community and educate myself, that I was able to begin to understand the issues they face on a daily basis.

I don’t pretend to know or understand all of the issues this community faces, after all, I am not LGBTI myself.  I have however, worked very hard at educating Law Enforcement across the country on LGBTI issues through my training company, Lumicore Training, LLC.  I define terms frequently used to describe this population, to help students understand the necessity of treating members of the LGBTI community in lawful, courteous, fair, kind and impartial ways and to educate administrators on strategies to mitigate liability. 

Bridging the Gap between local Law Enforcement and the LGBTI community is of paramount importance to me. No one in our community should ever feel that they are being treated differently from others for any reason but especially based on their sexual orientation, identification, race, skin color, ethnicity or religion. No one should ever feel threatened or discriminated against in any way.  As Washoe County Sheriff, I will do everything in my power to reach out to this community and all communities as their representative to Law Enforcement. I am deeply committed to this cause and as your Sheriff, can affect change in this area.  I have already begun reaching out to the LGBTI community to encourage participation in Community Action Partnerships (CAP). I will include members of the LGBTI community as part of the training within the Sheriff’s Office to heighten awareness and educate our staff.  Training is the key!

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has experienced an in-custody death rate that is higher than the national average. We must make every effort possible to eliminate preventable in-custody deaths. Those who identify as Transgender contemplate suicide at a rate of 67% and attempt suicide at a rate of 38%. This presents an elevated risk while Transgender individuals are in custody. There are many risk categories and we must address every one of them before a preventable death occurs. This is what is right, what is necessary and what the citizen’s of Washoe County are demanding and deserve from their Sheriff. 

As a Department of Justice (DOJ) Certified Auditor under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) I audit facilities for compliance in the LGBTI inmate population. Washoe County Sheriff Office does not fall under these auditing requirements, but as Sheriff I will bring the department into compliance regardless.

I commit to the LGBTI community, the citizen’s of Washoe County and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, that I will implement national best practices, doing all I possibly can to prevent the deaths of your loved ones, family and friends. This is not a one sided agreement! I need your help in identifying issues as they arise. We must have an open line of communication which is courteous and productive and we must be willing, as a community to try new and innovative ways of conducting business. Together we can begin “Forging a New Path”.  This will demand, “A New way of thinking”, “A New way of seeing”,  “A New way of acting” and a “New way of being”.

I need your vote! Thank you for electing me!