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Kudos to Santa Barbara police

Timothy Kincaid

January 6th, 2012

I’ve been pretty critical of police forces who seem to see citizens – particularly gay citizens – as their enemies. But I am delighted to take the opposite approach today.

The following is from Gay Girl/Straight World relating to a gay bashing in Santa Barbara, CA:

At the beginning of 2011, PPF instigated sensitivity training with the Santa Barbara Police Department. The organization partnered with another nonprofit, Just Communities, to create the LGBT Sensitivity and Awareness Trainings. In fall 2011, the entire SBPD underwent the orientation.

One of the detectives assigned to the hate crime case approached PPF’s Executive Director David Selberg at the recent press conference. The detective explained that, as a result of the sensitivity training, he better understood the nuances of working with a gay couple involved in an assault. By acknowledging the need to be prepared in the event of hate-induced crime, Selberg facilitated the ability to be prepared. Santa Barbara may be a community that doesn’t tolerate hate, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared in the event it crops up.

Kudos to a police officer who chose not to feel resentment over sensitivity training but instead used it as a tool to be a better cop. Kudos to a police department that cultivated his attitude.

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Regan DuCasse
January 6th, 2012 | LINK

Well, damn…good of them to try and catch the train.
It kind of left the station 15 years ago.

Howard
January 8th, 2012 | LINK

Aaaaaa… o.k….

Maybe this is being blown out of proportion. Perhaps all the officer meant to do was thank the presenter for a constructive training.

Do we congratulate the police *every* time they step forth to say, “wow, that really opened my eyes and I reckon I’ll do my job from here on out, and treat them queers with a modicum of respect and human decency”?

Timothy Kincaid
January 8th, 2012 | LINK

Sadly enough, yeah we do.

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