Over a year ago, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) first made a promise to BreakOUT! to meet with them before finalizing an LGBTQ policy in the NOPD. In an October 2012 City Council meeting, NOPD representatives again promised to meet with BreakOUT! before finalizing a policy. BreakOUT! also submitted their own model LGBTQ policy for the NOPD's consideration on this date. While New Orleans desperately needs an LGBTQ policy in the NOPD sooner rather than later, we want to ensure an LGBTQ policy is written with community input and is an effective policy based on best practices and the direct experiences of criminalized LGBTQ youth. The NOPD should keep its promise to BreakOUT! and show a true commitment to reforming the police department with actual community engagement and input, rather than pushing a policy through at the last minute.
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