Durham police name department’s first-ever LGBTQ liaison

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Durham Police Department announced Friday that they have named an officer as the department’s first liaison with the LGBTQ community.

Officer Charles Strickland (Durham Police Department)
Officer Charles Strickland (Durham Police Department)

Officer Charles Strickland Jr. will work with members of the LGBTQ community who are victims of crimes, including those that are motivated by prejudice, the department said.

“The Durham Police Department is a community-oriented policing organization and we understand the need to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” said Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis. “Our new liaison will help us better serve the LGBTQ community.”

The department said they’re researching best practices for working with the LGBTQ community. They will study what has been successful in other cities such as New York, Tampa, Atlanta and Seattle.

Officer Strickland will be officially introduced to the community during the N.C. Pride Parade and Festival that’s being held in Durham on Saturday.

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