GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) -UW-Green Bay’s Pride Center hosted an LGBTQ training seminar at Police Headquarters for officers and other city employees. âToday we were here to discuss how to be more inclusive of LGBTQ in our community,â said Dr. Stacie Christian of the Pride Center. The aim was to make sure that the members of the community felt accepted.
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Participants received a history of LGBTQ issues and challenges. âWe started this training with the Police Department this year as a way to connect with the LGBTQ community and to ensure that city employees interact with the community in a respectful and compassionate manner,â said Rachel Maes, Associate Lawyer from the town of Green Bay. The seminar also focused on âhate crimesâ. According to Maes, if an individual is attacked for their sexuality, it is considered a âhate crimeâ. But if someone is attacked for their gender identity, it is not considered an act of hate. âThere is a difference between sexual orientation and identity,â Maes said.
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Green Bay has not reported numerous “hate crimes” involving race or sexual orientation. âGreen Bay is a fairly safe community and we don’t see a lot of hate crimes in the city for which we are very grateful,â said Kevin Warych, commander of the Green Bay PD. Many crimes that do occur, especially those involving the LGBTQ community, may go unreported for a number of reasons. The ministry wants all residents to know that they are there for them and that they should come forward if they are victims or have information about a crime. âThis is what we are trying to overcome.
In 2019, Green Bay PD created a Diversity and Inclusion Pride Team which is led by Detective Brian Biller. Since its inception, the pride team has developed a number of policies on how officers interact with the LGBTQ community at all levels. To view Policy 344 on Interactions with Transgender, Intersex and / or Gender Non-Conforming (TIGN) people, click on here.