STC # 08456324
California Assembly Bill 2504 requires that a course of training regarding sexual orientation and gender identity minority groups in the state be created and incorporated into basic training for law enforcement officers and requires that the training include specified topics, including the terminology used to identify and describe sexual orientation and gender identity and how to create an inclusive workplace within law enforcement for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.
During this highly interactive course, participants will discover the five components of AB 2504 – LGBTQ+ Awareness for Law Enforcement Professionals. Participants will learn how to understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and how these two aspects of identity relate to each other and to race, culture, and religion.
For new staff, this requirement may be met in CORE training. If this requirement was not met in CORE or in cases where staff took core many years ago, this course provides departments with the opportunity to update this core learning component. This course and the course objectives follow the specific legal mandates of AB 2504.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Understand the terminology used to identify and describe sexual orientation and gender identity
- Learn how to create an inclusive workplace within law enforcement for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities
- Learn about important moments in history related to sexual orientation and gender identity minorities and law enforcement
- Understand how law enforcement can respond effectively to domestic violence and hate crimes involving sexual orientation and gender identity minorities
Creating strength based, inclusive workplaces today is supported by best practices and in this course, students will have the opportunity to understand the keys to participating in open, inclusive environments where diversity is honored and respected. Jamie spent a year in an intensive Non-Violent Communication program in Oakland, CA working with divergent groups including LGBT+ populations. Her work in this capacity exposed her to many of the ways humans express their sexual orientation and gender identity. She learned about the deep complexity of the human-being and how our basic human needs for equality and respect impact our actions. Jamie came to understand that only through a lens of intersectionality, can our goals of healthy workplace environments for all be met. Her study and personal experience brings the “human” factor to this course. Jamie was the first openly lesbian person hired by her probation department and this experience provided her with a lens specific to the world of probation. Jamie is committed to assist departments in providing a safe place for all to work and be. She looks to the basics of human dignity as a map to meet the common goals and mandates of the State of California regarding this topic.