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The Portsmouth Police Department is plugging into its local diversity by appointing its first liaison to the LGBTQ community.
Captain Kenneth Saucer, a 16-year veteran of the department, will serve as a resource for LGBTQ community members who are victims of crimes with violent or hateful intent, according to a release. He is currently the commander of the department’s Professional Standards Bureau.
The decision was influenced by the Norfolk Police Department’s LGBTQ Liaison Program and its focus to increase public safety for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities. The program launched in August 2015 and Virginia Beach appointed its first liaison to the LGBTQ community in May.
“This unequivocal response by the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Police Departments shows us all the necessity to have resources available to address the concerns of our LGBTQ community,” Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman said in the release. “The Portsmouth Police Department treasures its efforts to build trust within our community and views the appointment of an LGBTQ Liaison as an additional method to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly, with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
To report issues, questions or concerns, Saucer can be reached at ppdLGBT@portsmouthva.gov.