For several years now, Diversity Richmond has been a leader in building bridges with the LGBT community and local law enforcement. Because of that, Diversity was invited to address the recent Chesterfield County Police Community breakfast. The event is held quarterly and includes a diverse collection of community leaders. Representatives from Muslim, African American, Hispanic, Asian organizations, along with elected leaders, communities of faith, the Attorney General's office and mental health nonprofits are among those who attend.
Bill Harrison presented the good work, mission and accomplishments of Diversity Richmond and addressed that while much progress has been made in building solid relationships with law enforcement, more work needs to be done. The Chesterfield Department was one of the first to appoint a liaison, Corporal D. Elliott Anderson, who has been a tremendous asset in connecting our communities. Corporal Anderson shared with the audience how rewarding the work had been.
We now have LGBT liaisons with police departments in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and the sheriff departments of Richmond and Chesterfield. Also recently added is a liaison with Richmond City Fire and Emergency Services and an FBI representative.
This is but one example of how Diversity Richmond works to unite communities and build bridges every day. Your support makes this happen.
Pictured: L to R: Officer O.O. Ortega (Hispanic Liaison), Bill Harrison, Lieutenant Colonel B.C. Smith, Diversity Board Member, Robyn Deane, Deputy Chief of Police, Daniel Kelly and LGBT Liaison Corporal Elliott Anderson (Not pictured is community activist Roland Winston)