Group invites public to meet Boise Police's new LGBT liaison
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the LGBT liaison for the Boise Police Department, Katie Davey, will meet with members of the city's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community to introduce herself.
"City Officials Maryanne Jordan and Deputy Chief Pete Ritter have also been invited to attend to answer any questions about the new Boise City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance," said event organizer Donna Harwood. "This will be an informal event for the purpose of creating bridges between the LGBT community and the Boise Police Department. The event will feature a panel discussion regarding the newly enacted ordinance. It will also give LGBT community members the chance to meet the police department's new LGBT Liaison, who assumed the position following the departure of Janet Lawler last year."
The group hopes members of the public will attend the event, which is free.
“With the new LGBT Liaison Katie Davey being named and the new city ordinance taking effect at the same time, it’s the perfect time to begin discussions like this between the LGBT community and the Boise Police Department. In the past, the LGBT community has expressed concern about contacting the police," said Harwood. "Hopefully this meeting will begin to break down some of those fears and barriers and the LGBT community will begin to see the Boise Police Department as an ally.”
The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Community Center, located at 305 East 37th Street in Garden City.