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Norfolk police create LGBTQ community liaison, appoint openly gay sergeant to post

August 18, 2015 |

By Gary A. Harki | The Virginian-Pilot

NORFOLK — A city police officer has been designated as the department's first liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community.

To "foster and maintain the positive relationships between our LGBTQ community and the police department, a liaison position was created to enhance police services and support specific to the needs of gays, lesbians, and allied communities," a news release states.

Sgt. Craig Lovelace, the officer tapped for the job, will work with other divisions to "conduct community outreach, education, recruitment, and involvement in other LGBTQ related issues."

Lovelace is married to a lieutenant in the department. Lovelace and his husband have served openly for more than 20 years, the liaison's Web page says.