LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison Academy

LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison programs are highly effective ways for law enforcement agencies to build trust and increase community engagement with the LGBTQ+ community. Every law enforcement agency needs an LGBT Liaison as part of the commitment to community policing and procedural justice.


Our LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison Academy is designed to help participants design and build a successful program from the ground up. The course content was developed based on a nationwide job task analysis we completed in 2021.  Although many law enforcement agencies have an LGBT Liaison, few have anything documented or formalized.  This course will not only provide individuals assigned to this role with the knowledge they need, but will also help institutionalize and memorialize the program so that it is sustainable. A certified training program like this one provides credibility for both the individual acting as the Liaison and the program itself.

The following is a list of learning outcomes for the LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison Academy:

  1. Students will identify the key tasks and responsibilities of an LGBT Liaison.
  2. Students will develop communication pathways between the LGBT Liaison and community.
  3. Students will identify key people and community organizations to create relationships and partnership with as an LGBT Liaison.
  4. Students will create a community event designed to build trust between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community.
  5. Students will demonstrate how to develop and deliver LGBT awareness training for members of law enforcement.
  6. Students will demonstrate how to identify a hate crime and the basic investigative steps required to prepare a case for prosecution.

We call this an “academy” because the course includes three different classes in one. When you enroll in this course, you will complete this master class plus our LGBT Awareness Training For Trainers course and our Hate Crimes Investigations course. Participants who have already completed one or both of these classes can simply submit a copy of their course completion certificate to satisfy the requirements for this part of the academy.

The entire academy is available online using the Canvas learning management system. No special software is required and the course can be accessed from any Windows or Apple device.

All three classes are certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  California law enforcement personnel can earn 24 hours of CPT credit for completing all three classes (8 hours each).

This program does more than simply show you how to create a program. The assignments will have you actually building the essential components of a successful program.  Course work requires completion of several projects including executing a community event, participation in online discussions, and passing two tests. Participants can expect to spend 24 hours or more completing the academy.  Graduates will receive a certificate and an exclusive LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison challenge coin. After completing the course, your Liaison Program will be ready for accreditation.

“We are a small rural department in Idaho.  This course is everything we needed to begin building our LGBTQ liaison position and protocols.  We can’t thank you enough for creating such an incredible resource and learning tool.  Keep up the great work!”

The cost of this course is $150.

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Face To Face Presentation

Our next in-person presentation of the LGBT Community Liaison course is scheduled for Tuesday,  August 8, 2023, in partnership with the Napa Valley College Department of Criminal Justice Education and Training. The cost of this class is $100.

This class will be part of a 3-day program that includes the LGBT Training For Trainers course (August 7, 2023) and historical walking tour of the San Francisco Castro District (August 9, 2023).  The cost of the three-day program is $250.

Download a brochure for the 3-day program

Learn more about our 2023 Training Conference and register here.