DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — At Saturday’s N.C. Pride Festival Durham’s Police Chief introduced her department’s new liaison for the LGBTQ community.
The position is an idea she brought with her from her time with the Atlanta Police Department. She plans to create a similar position for the Hispanic community.
Officer Charles Strickland Jr. will serve in the brand new LGBTQ liaison position.
He will be a resource for members of the LGBTQ community who are victims of crimes… including crimes motivated by prejudice.
Officer Strickland plans to create programs, educate and help the community with LGBTQ issues.
“Well, I think it shows progressive thinking that the Durham Police Department’s dedicated to being inclusive of the community that we serve within the department and in the community in general. It shows that people who are LGBT matter and that they are acknowledged by the department,” Strickland said.
NC Pride continues with a night festival in the Bull City and in Raleigh from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and with events in those cities and Chapel Hill and Carrboro on Sunday.