Meet Richmond’s new LGBTQ Police Liaison Capt. Angela Greene
It’s been about two months since Richmond Police said goodbye to their first LGBTQ Liaison, Major Odetta Johnson, but Chief Durham has announced her replacement and it will be Captain Angela Greene.
Captain Green, a New Jersey native, has been part of the Richmond Police Department for 14 years. She spent the last few years in a similar community outreach program in Community, Youth and Intervention services (CYIS).
She worked with community members across the board, from at risk youth to senior citizens to members of the latino community as well as business owners.
She identifies as heterosexual and is married with children. While she admitted she doesn’t have much experience working with the LGBTQ community, she expressed great interest and excitement in finding ways to get involved, hoping to continue Major Johnson’s history of bridging the gap between sexual minorities and the RPD.
Major Johnson retired from RPD in December and she is now Chief of Police at North Carolina Central University.
“I’ll be able to personally see what their concerns are, what they perceive law enforcement to be, quell any negative perceptions they have of law enforcement, and take back any concerns they might have to my family back at the police department,” Captain Greene said in an interview the GayRVA. She stressed she hopes to “build a better trust and relationship between the LGBTQ community and the police department.”
LGBTQ Police Liaison programs started in DC and NYC in the early 00′s and have since grown to other cities nationwide. Historically, the LGBTQ community has had a rocky relationship when it comes to police interaction. It’s easy to look back and find standout moments when the police mistreated sexual minorities – the 1969 Stonewall Riots, as well as numerous additional gay club arrests through out the 80′s. LGBTQ Liaison programs were started to help address this history.
Major Johnson was put in place in Dec. 2013 and had become a regular face at local LGBTQ events and happenings from the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to meetings with local groups like Prime Timers and the James River Transgender Society.
Captain Greene said she was asked by Chief Durham to take on the role and was excited to get involved despite it being a volunteer position.
She said her history of community involvement is part of where her compassion to become a liaison comes from.
“Regardless what or who you identity yourself with, I’m just here to make sure you have the best quality of life in the city of Richmond and making the city a better and safer place for everybody,” she said. “Anything I can do to be out in the community and make the community better I’m always for.”
“I am pleased Captain Greene has accepted this position,” said Chief Durham in a press release sent out today. “As the commander of the Community and Youth Intervention Unit, she has great experience interacting with people from all walks of life.”
Captain Greene will continue her role with CYIS and add the LGBTQ Liaison title to her already busy schedule, but it’s a challenge she’s looking forward to.
“I’m excited to do this. I look forward to a great partnership,” she said. “I will take in as much education as possible regarding their concerns and issues in the community to help them address anything I can on my side as a persona as well as a member of RPD.”
Greene is set to attend her first community meeting in the coming weeks and GayRVA will publish details for the first opportunity to meet her in the next few days.
“Everyone that joins the police department should have this deep sense of community to start with, that’s got to transcend to everybody.”August 9, 2016
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