Progress on Commitments Made by the Sacramento Police Department
During Sacramento Pride 2019, a public debate regarding the Sacramento Police Department’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community prompted a set of commitments to action. Since then, the Center has been meeting regularly with Sac PD to build trust, while also following through with our promise to community members to hold the Department accountable. The meetings resulted in agreements toward on-going implementation of the following commitments:
Where we are:
- The Creation of a Community Advisory Committee is one of the outcomes of the Community Healing Circles. Stakeholders and community members were invited to join an ad hoc committee that has been reviewing best practices from around the country and compiled a draft policy on interactions with transgender and gender diverse people that was submitted to the Sacramento Police Department for consideration at the end of May 2020.
- New Officer Trainings have been audited by Center staff and have received feedback which has since been implemented.
- Community Forums:
- Healing Circles which were open to the public and took place in February and March, 2020. The final Healing Circle scheduled and SacPD’s town halls regarding relations with the LGBTQ community were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay at home order.
- Virtual Town Halls: On Monday, November 16, 2020 the Sacramento Police Department held a virtual community town hall specifically for the LGBTQ+ community to express their concerns directly to the department. More than 50 people attended and began to authentically share their experiences with police. The session will be guided by Niva Flor, Chief Impact & Strategy Officer at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. A second virtual town hall with the Chief of Police was announced by the LGBTQ liaisons and is scheduled for January 25 at 5:3o, details TBD.
- Enhanced LGBTQ Liaison position has taken place since July, 2019 and will continue to be strengthened in 2020. On the issue of uniformed officers at Pride, SacPD also agreed to engage solely in a security support role at Sacramento Pride 2020 and not have an official contingent in the March or Festival.
- Center Complaint/Reporting Program is an outcome that will be reviewed by the Community Advisory Committee. An interim reporting mechanism for LGBTQ community members to report hate crimes and bias incidents through community organizations like the Center rather than directly to the police is in draft form and will be ready by the end of 2020.
The public discussion during Pride raised significant divisions within the community. The Center has been working with Everyday Impact Consulting to offer Healing Circles for the community to achieve dual goals: 1. Radical healing and care for our communities; and, 2. Bridging inter-generational LGBTQ+ leaders in Sacramento.
Everyday Impact Consulting will take the lead on coordinating and co-facilitating the Community Healing Circles. We invite you to join us during these community conversations, especially those who have had negative interactions with police. By promoting a place of understanding and reconciliation first in our community, we will be better positioned to address tensions with law enforcement.
Through the Community Healing Circle, we will engage in difficult conversations about life experiences, understanding perceived differences in our world views, and creating opportunities for diverse groups of people to achieve things together.
We have been very intentional and deliberate with the planning of the Community Healing Circles, to achieve radical healing from harm and trauma, while aspiring to bridge and promote understanding through community conversations. We hope that this process allows community members to share their experiences.
We invite you to a Community Healing Circle to engage in difficult conversations about life experiences, understanding perceived differences in our world views, and creating opportunities for diverse groups of people to achieve things together.
To register, please visit our Community Healing Circles page.