Richmond Police and their new LGBT Liaison Maj. Odetta Johnson were profiled over the weekend in a Times Dispatch Story. Here’s a bit of copy from the write up.
Chief Ray Tarasovic appointed Maj. Odetta Johnson to serve as the Richmond Police Department’s liaison to the LGBT community, marking the first time the department has assigned an officer to that role.
Tarasovic added that responsibility to Johnson’s other duties after LGBT leaders approached the chief in the spring and asked him to designate an officer to be their link.
Tarasovic said the group that approached him did not have specific concerns or complaints about interactions between the police and the LGBT community, but the chief noted that its members sometimes fear they will become victims of violence because of their sexual identities.
The LGBT Liaison program had been the brain child of LGBT community leaders here in Richmond for some time, and RPD’s efforts to make waves in the community have been seen since the position was created.