Join us for this free training opportunity!
August 9, 2019 8:00am- 5:00pm
Clark County Sheriff’s Office-120 North Fountain Avenue, Springfield (Raynor Room)
Training provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to explore information about the LGBTQ+ communities they serve, provide techniques to improve and enhance their response to this diverse community, and examine ways in which developing a respectful engagement with this community can assist agencies in the overall goal of reducing gender bias in policing. This technical assistance opportunity will better prepare law enforcement personnel to more effectively serve members of the LGBTQ+community by examining appropriate language, identifying effective police procedures, and considering the various ways in which LGBTQ+ members engage with the department.
Define respectful terminology used to describe sexual orientation and gender identity.
Distinguish the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
Analyze appropriate procedures for working with transgender individuals and gender non‐conforming community members.
Evaluate department responses to the LGBTQ+ community.
Assess agency opportunities to improve police engagement with the LGBTQ+ community.
Develop LGBTQ‐inclusive policies and procedures.
Explore how hate crimes, domestic violence, and sexual assault impact LGBTQ communities.
Information about the Trainers:
Rebecca Dreke, MSSW has over 15 years of experience working to end stalking, intimate partner and sexual violence. She is a much sought after trainer, facilitator and technical assistance provider, currently working as an independent consultant. As the former Director of Training & Technical Assistance of the National Center for Victims of Crime, where she worked for over 9 years, Ms. Dreke co-lead a nationally recognized program on stalking, designed original, adult-learner centered curriculum and provided training for law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and criminal and civil justice specialists on the often-overlooked crime of stalking. Ms. Dreke has also trained thousands of multidisciplinary practitioners nationally on sexual assault, domestic violence, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) issues, and hate and bias-motivated violence. In addition to her many years of training and technical assistance provision, Ms. Dreke has provided direct services as a victim advocate and social worker, and even worked for a few years as a school teacher.Ms. Dreke thrives working with professionals from many disciplines, but especially loves training with law enforcement and victim service providers. She has seen the amazing change and progress that occurs when different types of people come together with the common goal of ending sexual and gender based violence. Ms. Dreke has consulted for and trained in partnership with numerous state and national organizations including the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Campus Technical Assistance and Resource Project, the International Association of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, Green Dot Inc., Emerge, National Organization for Victim Assistance, the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, Federal Law Enforcement, Futures Without Violence, and many others.
Detective Jim Ritter began his career in law enforcement in 1980 in Kittitas County, Washington, where he was the youngest law enforcement officer in the State of Washington. In 1983, he became a police officer for the City of Seattle and has served the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in many capacities since joining the agency. In 1988, he became a detective, and has since worked in various units including VICE, General Investigations, Human Resources, and Background Investigations. Officer Ritter served as the Union Director/Training Coordinator for the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild from 1988 to 1994. During this time, he proposed, developed, and coordinated the largest Gang Training Conference in the Pacific Northwest with over 2,000 attendees from five states and Canada in 1988. In 1997, Officer Ritter founded the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, and has since served as the museum’s president. In 2014, he became the first Community Outreach Officer‐LGBTQ Liaison for SPD. In this roll his duties include interacting and collaborating with Seattle’s 72 assorted LGBTQ organizations and gay media; actively interacting with and providing training to local, regional, national and international social organizations, law enforcement agencies, community groups, and federal entities (FBI, DOJ, U.S. Attorney, CBP, U.S. Marshals) regarding LGBTQ/Police related issues; and helping with the development of training materials. In addition, Officer Ritter created the Seattle Police Department’s SAFE PLACE Initiative in 2014, an effective police‐sponsored initiative designed to reduce hate crimes and educate the public and law enforcement through active collaboration with businesses, social organizations, corporations and the media regarding the seriousness of such crimes. Because if its overwhelming success, Officer Ritter was named by Seattle Magazine as one of “Seattle’s Most Influential People” in 2015. Officer Ritter is also the developer and instructor of “Building Community Relationships with Law Enforcement,” an educational presentation specifically designed to assist law enforcement to better connect with their diverse communities.