LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department celebrated Pride 2012 by changing the banner on the department’s website to reflect its “commitment to diversity and equality.”
LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Andy Neiman told LGBTQ Nation on Friday that the department regularly showcases a cause, organization or a group’s heritage in its banner as part of an ongoing commitment to the communities in the City of Los Angeles.
Neiman also said that LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has made it his priority to work with the LGBT community, resolving issues before they become problematic as well as address issues and concerns of the city’s gay community.
Beck was recently given an award for his work in establishing “excellent relations” with the LGBTQ community.
“The Chief has a firm commitment for equality for all LGBTQ people,” Neiman said, “The banner is just an example of that commitment,” he said, adding that it is also a way for the department to acknowledge and support its gay and lesbian officers.