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LGBTQ OUTREACH

The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) is committed to an inclusive environment within its agency and the community at large. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning) - LGBTQ individuals in our community have the right to live without fear of discrimination or harassment. It has taken years to overcome the strife and distrust generated generations ago.

SPD is proud of its accomplishments in building relationships and trust with our City’s LGBTQ community, including local area businesses as well as SPD’s own LGBTQ employees. SPD has established itself as a leader in LGBTQ community relations for law enforcement agencies, and our LGBTQ Liaison frequently fields calls from cities all over the nation asking for guidance and advice on how we reach out to our City’s LGBTQ community

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Below, please find a brief summary of achievements that we are proud to highlight:

  • SPD has employed openly LGBTQ staff in varying levels of position to include officers, professional staff, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and Public Information Officers
  • SPD routinely issues social media posts of SPD employees representing themselves, their community, and their Department at SacPride Marches, Pride Awards Galas and various community events throughout the City
  • SPD has operated a recruiting booth staffed by three officers at San Francisco Pride Parade
  • SPD Officer Kuhlmann marched in his SPD uniform in the San Francisco Pride Parade multiple years, and even featured in a full-page photo in a Time Magazine article addressing the 2015 Supreme Court Decision legalizing same-sex marriage
  • Five LGBTQ officers attended a two-day LGBTQ officers and community seminar in Palm Springs (which included breakout sessions on topics regarding: LGBTQ officers, retention, community, hiring, partnerships)
  • SPD LGBTQ officers sat on LGBTQ Law Enforcement officer panels with the Napa Police Academy for LGBTQ history and tour through the Castro in San Francisco.
  • Attended Senior Pride Information & Resource Fair at Hart Center for LGBTQ seniors
  • SPD invited to Vision of Equality Luncheon
  • SPD proactively established a Gender Awareness Class, which has been attended by approximately 700 SPD officers and employees. SPD has previously reached out to local LGBTQ community groups to contribute to course curriculum and will continue to involve on our community partners in our growth of this course.
  • SPD worked with Sacramento Animal Control and led a Gender Awareness session at a California Animal Control conference. We have since received three requests from individual California Cities to present this information, as well as a request to present for a Humane Society Conference in Florida.
  • Early in the program’s inception, we strived to include Sac Chaplains that were LGBTQ
  • SPD has worked with Sac Chaplains and Sacramento LGBT Community Center to provide support to victims of hate crimes within our City
  • SPD provides peer support for LGBTQ officers and their family members – specifically for those individuals experiencing a personal crisis related to LGBTQ struggles
  • SPD our General Orders to ensure inclusiveness, specifically after same sex marriage was legalized in the State of California
  • SPD assisted LGBTQ officers over the last few years to ensure HR respectfully and promptly updated their forms in compliance with legal changes affecting marital status
  • SPD staff attended the unveiling of the Lavender Heights road signage
  • SPD officers participated as part of the Sacramento City Unified School District LGBTQ youth task force
  • LGBTQ officers, while in uniform, donated time to chaperone two of the first Queer Proms
  • SPD Officers authored a Letter of Support for the Sacramento Continuum of Care Application for the Youth Homeless Demonstration Project
  • Sponsored Thanksgiving meal for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness
  • Development and production of Rainbow Pride patches to be worn for the month of June:

Rainbow Badge

  • LGBTQ officers and allies working Security in the area of 20th St and K ST every Saturday night
  • Worked with Lavender Angels to develop observe and report tactics as they patrolled Lavender Heights, specifically the area of 20th ST and K ST, on busy nights and second Saturdays
  • SPD provided Active Shooter Response Training at Faces Nightclub in downtown Sacramento just prior to the 1-year anniversary of Pulse Nightclub shooting. SPD continues to offer this training in all major locations, but specifically in LGBTQ community locations.
  • SPD officers have attended Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Awards dinners
  • An SPD area captain regularly notifies Sacramento LGBT Community Center regarding hate crimes or trends reported to our Department
  • SPD officer attended a recent Hate Crime update class to assist the Department in appropriately classifying and investigating those sensitive offense
  • Opened a direct line of communication with the 4 most recent Executive Directors of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.
  • Invited the Executive Directive of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center to participate in a ride-a-long with SPD’s IMAPCT and/or Mental Health team
  • Area Captain and SPD’s LGBTQ Liaison attending a meeting between Sacramento LGBT Community Center meeting and City Council Member’s Office
  • Multiple officers have attended dozens of meetings with youths at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center over the last few years
  • Worked with Outward Magazine to run articles and advertisements as part of SPD recruiting efforts

LGBTQ Liaison

The Sacramento Police Department has established an LGBTQ Liaison, Sergeant Michelle Gigante, who can be reached at: mgigante@pd.cityofsacramento.org. Please feel free to reach out with any concerns or comments.