Police advisory board launches new web page

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imageA few days after its inaugural meeting, the LGBT advisory panel of the Atlanta Police Department is taking to the Internet to better communicate with the public.

The new web page, built within APD’s existing site, is bare bones. But the advisory board calls it “a good step forward” and a first for the police department. It includes the board’s bylaws, which are being revamped, contact information for its nine members, and alerts about upcoming events, including a safety seminar set for Thursday.

On Monday, the board spent much of its 90-minute meeting sifting through organizational task, but a handful of LGBT residents urged the panel to aggressively focus on a handful of concerns, from alleged police mistreatment of LGBT citizens to encouraging more Atlanta police officers to come out as gay.

Members of the board also articulated their vision for the panel. Watch the video.

The board meets again Oct. 18.

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