The Atlanta Police Department is starting a new program to build trust with the LGBT community.
The LGBT Citizens Police Academy is a two-day program that will be held by the department on April 17 and 18, according to Gay Star News. The program will focus on police-related topics and conversations about the LGBT experience 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 mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press release. “Atlanta must remain a community where all people live their lives openly, feel safe, and be free of discrimination.”
The program is led by the department’s LGBT liaison officers Eric King and Courtney Mack, according to Reporter Newspapers.
“Atlanta has a rich and diverse LGBT community and we want members of that community to feel comfortable when communicating with police,” King said in the release. “We are starting this program to strengthen long lasting relationships and partnerships with individuals who can gain a better understanding of our department and become more empowered to help us improve public safety in their neighborhoods.”
All who are over 21 are welcome to apply to the program, according to Reporter Newspapers. Applicants who are selected must never have had a felony conviction, haven’t had a misdemeanor conviction in the past year, must live in the Atlanta metropolitan area and pass a background check.