Meet the new LGBT liaison for Atlanta police

A nearly seven-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department was named as the agency's newest LGBT liaison.

Officer Courtney Mack, who joined Atlanta police in 2010, said her appointment is another way that the law enforcement agency tries to reflect the diversity of the city it protects and serves.

"I'm grateful for this new opportunity to serve the LGBT community in the City of Atlanta as well as within APD," Mack said in an announcement issued Thursday. 

"It is essential that our department reflect the demographics of our city. As a member of the gay community, I will continue to nurture and develop the strong legacy of cooperation and growth between LGBT citizens and the APD. The LGBT liaisons are instrumental in helping foster those partnerships that are vitally important to our mission at the Atlanta Police Department," Mack added.

Mack, an Army veteran and Florida native, replaced Officer Acashia Lavigeour, who was named an LGBT liaison in March 2016. She joins Officer Eric King, who was appointed an LGBT liaison in August 2014.

Chief Erika Shields said the agency's two LGBT liaisons are critical to the department. 

"The LGBT liaisons are instrumental in fostering those partnerships that are vitally important to our mission at the Atlanta Police Department," Shields said.

When Shields was appointed chief in December, she pledged that Atlanta police would continue to work closely with the city's LGBT population.