In the interest of improving the department’s relationship with the LGBT community, the forum is being held to discuss safety concerns in the city.
“Easy access and open communication are basic tenets for how the police department operates in Portland,” stated Portland Police Chief James Craig. “This forum provides members of the city’s gay community an opportunity to voice their concerns and be heard.”
Historically, around the country, police departments have been dismissive about the violence against LGBT people. This behavior continues around the country, and it is vitally important that we continue to speak up when we feel discriminated against by those who are charged with our protection. This is encouraging to see Portland’s police department reaching out specifically to our community for our feedback. If you’re in Maine, find your way there!
The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St.