Meet Richmond Police Department’s new LGBTQ liaison, Capt. Daniel Minton
The Richmond Police Department has named Capt. Daniel Minton as the city’s new LGBTQ Police liaison.
Minton, an 18-year veteran of the department, is the current Commander of Community, Youth and Intervention Services.
Chief Durham announced Capt. Minton’s new title last week. He will replace the department’s most recent LGBTQ liaison, Capt. Angela Greene. Greene, who took on the position in January.
Green left the Department to become deputy chief with the Portsmouth Police Department. The LGBTQ Liaison position at RPD started back in December, 2013, when Major Odetta Johnson took on the role. Johnson’s legacy within the community lives on, leaving Minton some big shoes to fill.
Born in San Diego, Minton (top image)lived in Caroline County working in insurance before deciding to make the move to Richmond to get into law enforcement.
“I decided I either wanted to work for DC or the city of Richmond because I really wanted to work in a department where I’d get a chance to actually be a cop,” he said.
He identifies as straight and is married, but added he is an ally of the LGBTQ community and the combination of his family, background and work with the community will help him succeed in this position.
“I thought I was the natural fit for it,” he said. “I think it’s my background with being in the navy family, traveling all over the world, my parents definitely instilled in me the values that are my foundation; treat every fairly.”
“Everyone that joins the police department should have this deep sense of community to start with, that’s got to transcend to everybody.”
Minton started out as a patrol officer in Church Hill in 1998. From there he went on to work in forensics for three years where he became sergeant and, ultimately, a sector lieutenant in Church Hill.
“I really developed a rapport with Church Hill,” he said. “I did some street level drug work over there as a lieutenant in charge of cleaning up Church Hill.”
It was there he started work in Community, Youth and Intervention Services where he gained his most valuable experience.
“I was in charge of police athletic leagues, school resource officers, all the same things I’m ultimately in charge of now,” Minton said.
He believes his background working directly with the community has earned him the credibility for the role. This is why he jumped at the chance when Chief Durham approached him about taking it the LGBTQ Liaison position.
“I really do believe in unity and diversity,” he said. “You talk to the people in Church Hill and mention my name and they say, ‘oh yeah, that guy is a big community guy.’”
In his nearly two decades on the force, Minton has definitely seen his sector evolve over the years.
“If you think about it, in 1994 the city had 161 homicides, [an] all-time record… the homicide rate has come down 75 percent,” he said. “When I started out, you didn’t see people walking around Church Hill, now in Church Hill you have the top three restaurants of the year the last three years in a row.”
Minton credits much of the change to the department’s direct involvement with residents.
“I think the Richmond Police Department has always been at the forefront of community policing,” he said. “We’ve always had respect for the citizens, if we have a problem, we’re very transparent we don’t hide our problems we fix them.”
Captain Minton said he’s already started reaching out to LGBTQ leaders around town, working with Bill Harrison, President of Diversity Richmond, to launch an LGBTQ Police Academy.
“We’ve done academies in the past for Hispanic academies, we’ve done citizens academies,” he said. “The academy would be just showing people just how the department works. It’s great for transparency.”
Minton said the academy would meet once or twice and have different people throughout the department speak.
It’s hard to ignore Richmond’s LGBTQ Liaisons in the past have managed to make up for not being direct members of the LGBTQ community by offering members of similar minority groups, Black women. But Minton, a white straight male, said he hopes to continue those connections by building on former Liaison’s successes.
“One of the things that the city of Richmond is really good at doing, is bringing people together at community events,” he said. “I think if I can bring groups to these community events and unify everybody it will do well.”
And while this is a volunteer position, Minton is taking the role very seriously and stressed he wants to be available to the community for whatever they need.
“I truly do believe in the social fabric of the city of Richmond and this position will help me strengthen that,” he said. “I’m accessible… I just want to work with everybody and start attending different groups to get my name out there and see what the issues are.”
You can contact Capt. Daniel Minton by phone at 804-240-9158 or by email: Daniel.Minton@richmond.gov.
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