Nashville gets full-time police liaison to LGBTQ community

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials announced Metro Nashville Police Department's first full-time liaison to the city's LGBTQ community.

Officer Catie Poole will focus on three main parts of the new position: assure that community members can safely report hate crimes to the police department, advocate for MNPD employees who are also a part of the LGBTQ community, and attend community meetings to offer guidance and advice.

“I am excited and honored to take on this new responsibility for our police department," Officer Poole said. "I want to help you, that's why I joined this job to begin with. So the more opportunities you give to help, you the better off I'll be and the more fulfilled I'll be. So please reach out. We want everybody to know that we are here. We support you and if you're having issues we want to know about."

Officer Poole is a five-year veteran of the police department who served as a downtown bicycle officer in the Central Precinct.

The announcement comes on the heels of an investigation involving five Metro Nashville Police officers and two sergeants who were accused of shaming a transgender person. All were reprimanded in that case.

The Knoxville Police Department hired a part-time LGBTQ liaison about two years ago. Investigator Shelley Clemons is charged with working collaboratively with the community to identify problems and create solutions. She also serves as a resource for issues of inclusiveness within KPD.