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APD to conduct Midtown safety seminar for LGBT community

Officers from the department's Community Services Division will be providing proactive crime prevention information to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community on Friday night.

The Atlanta Police Department's Community Services Division will conduct a community safety seminar on Friday, Aug. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, located at 781 Peachtree Street.

The seminar is open to anyone, but will focus primarily on discussions specific to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.

The Department’s LGBT liaisons, Senior Patrol Officer Brian Sharp and Officer Kristin Knight, will provide information on basic safety tips on proactive crime prevention. 

There will also be a “Meet and Greet” for Major James Whitmire, commander of the Zone 5 precinct that includes the downtown and Midtown areas. All three will be on hand to offer proactive, collaborative and solutions-oriented approaches to fighting crime.      

“It is important to update and educate the LGBT community on current crime trends affecting it,” said Deputy Chief Renee Propes in a statement. ”Providing proactive crime prevention information will hopefully offer the tools to prevent victimization.”

Topics will include:

  • Robbery Prevention and Personal Security
  • The “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which encourages citizens to call 911 to report suspicious activity.
  • The “Clean Car” campaign, which aims to prevent vehicle break-ins by encouraging the removal of valuables.

In April, APD Chief George Turner named Officer Knight to join Office Sharp as one of two LGBT liaisons for the department.

The department’s LGBT liaisons’ have a multi-fold mission of improving communications and relationships with the community and the APD LGBT Advisory Board, as well as increasing awareness, training and knowledge of LGBT issues within the department.

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