First Three LGBT Liaison Academy Graduates

For Immediate Release
First Three Officers To Graduate From The LGBT Liaison Academy

July 11, 2022 (Santa Rosa, CA) Out to Protect announced today the names of the first three officers to graduate from the new LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison Academy.

Michelle Kotlik – Irving, Texas Police Department
Carlos Rene Ulloa – Kansas City, Kansas Police Department
Glenn Young – Salem State University, Salem Massachusetts Police Department

These graduates completed an intensive 24 hours of certified training on how to create and operate an LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison program, LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement Training For Trainers, and Hate Crimes Investigations. These graduates successfully demonstrated the ability to meet the following learning outcomes.

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

The LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison Academy is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is a hands-on course that includes three components each of which is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  The program was created in 2022 based on a nationwide research survey completed in 2021.

Out to Protect founder and CEO Greg Miraglia said, “Our goal with this academy training program is to help law enforcement agencies large and small create a sustainable LGBT Liaison program based on best practices learned from existing programs around the United States.”

LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison positions can be traced back to San Francisco in 1962 when Sergeant Elliot Blackstone was appointed by the chief of police to build a relationship with the growing LGBTQ+ community in the city. Since that time, law enforcement agencies large and small across the United States have discovered great success in building trust between the community and law enforcement with these liaison positions. Most officers do this work as a voluntary ancillary assignment. This Liaison Academy is intended to help ensure programs are successful for the agency and the community.

The LGBT Law Enforcement Liaison Academy is open to civilian or sworn employees of a law enforcement agency.