By: Jeremy Augie Auguste
The New Jersey LGBTQ+ Law Enforcement Liaisons are committed to fostering positive relationships between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement agencies within the State of New Jersey.
We are a team of over 70 law enforcement professionals from across NJ, representing almost every rank in the command structure.
Our mission is to ensure trust and promote a positive working relationship between law enforcement and New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community through education and community outreach efforts.
Moreover, we are a direct point of contact; partnering with community stakeholders and government officials to be an internal resource and support all law enforcement personnel by bridging gaps in law enforcement and the communities in which they serve.
This organization was formed with the primary goal of rebuilding trust between the LGBTQ+ community and law enforcement professionals. We seek to accomplish this goal in a number of ways:
- We actively recruit qualified LGBTQ+-identifying and other minority candidates to join our ranks, as we recognize the need to retain a diverse team who accurately reflect the community populations in which we serve.
- We are an internal support network for all NJ law enforcement professionals. We make ourselves available to coworkers and the community at large who may need more education on how to best work with and understand issues related to the LGBTQ+ community. We want to ensure that we are a comfortable and familiar resource to those who have questions, but may not know who to ask.
- We partner with a number of community organizations including Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) New York, Garden State Equality, Robert Wood Johnson and the New Jersey State PBA.
- We have created a dedicated LGBTQ+ Law Enforcement block that is currently being taught at the New Jersey State Police Academy and the Morris County Police Academy and will soon be available to all police academies statewide.
The NJ LGBTQ+ Law Enforcement Liaison team is about pride, diversity, equity, and inclusion and our presence and mission sends a very clear message to New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ residents and visitors: all are welcome, safe, and celebrated for what makes them unique.
Be sure to check out our Instagram: NJLGBTQLIAISONS
If you are a Law Enforcement professional interested in joining our team please send us a DM on Instagram or email Augielgbt@gmail.com