At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the campus Police Department has assigned two officers to be campus LGBTQIA+ liaisons. The move is part of the department’s community engagement goal for 2022-2023, plus an effort to engage in inclusive community outreach. The two officers will serve as an extension of VCU’s Safe Zone training, working on events and with groups both on- and off-campus.

“Once this position as LGBTQIA+ liaison became available, I knew it was something I wanted to get involved with,” Officer Hakilah Hudson told “Having the ability to serve and coordinate with an underrepresented community such as the LGBTQIA+ community was something I couldn’t pass up on. Additionally, with the growing concerns between law enforcement and the community, I wanted to be a link that builds those relationships back up. I want to bridge the gap between both groups by establishing an open line of communication and engaging in events that support LGBTQIA+ individuals.”

Read more about this outreach effort here.