Chief Cathy L. Lanier remains fully committed to ensuring the safety and well being of every person who lives, works, and recreates in the District. Her commitment includes those members of our community who are served by the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Liaison Units.
Mission and Vision
The mission of the Special Liaison Division is to provide a support mechanism to all citizens within the District of Columbia, empowering the community and building relationships through effective law enforcement strategies, leadership, advocacy, education and support. The vision of the Division is to build relationships based on mutual respect and trust by providing exceptional support to the citizens of the District of Columbia. These efforts will foster access, success and lifelong learning relationships while advancing the Districts interests in a well informed and empowered citizen base.
History of the Special Liaison Division
In December 2009, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced the expansion of the Special Liaison Branch to better serve the needs of the community; in May 2011, the branch was converted into a Division. The Special Liaison Division supports community policing with communities that are sometimes underserved, and is composed of the Asian Liaison Unit (ALU), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit (DHHLU), Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), and the Latino Liaison Unit (LLU).
The Special Liaison Division has expanded to include “affiliate” officers on patrol throughout the city. The affiliate officers have volunteered to receive specialized training on diverse communities, their issues and how to best serve them. They will continue to work in their home district, but will receive coordinated support, information, and trainings through the Liaison Units in the SLB.
This expansion enables MPD to:
- Enhance response to these communities throughout the city, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Provide consistent information to these communities, while ensuring that information about their needs is integrated into services in each patrol district.
- Reinforce the messages of progressive training, policies, and procedures department-wide.
Get more information on the Special Liaison Units:
- Asian Liaison Unit (ALU)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit (DHHU)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit (LGBTLU)
- Latino Liaison Unit (LLU)
- La Unidad de Enlace Latino
Core and Affiliate Members of the Special Liaison Division
- Download the list of current members of each liaison unit
Contacting a Liaison Unit or Affiliate Officer
In case of emergency, or for immediate police response, always call 9-1-1.
Emergency call takers can handle calls in multiple languages and can accommodate members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Once police are on the scene, you may request that an on-duty affiliate or Liaison Officer be contacted. For other police service, such as to request that an affiliate or Liaison Officer attend a meeting or to discuss other non-emergency issues, please contact the appropriate Liaison Office below.
Contacting a Specialized Unit for Normal Police Business
Please note that these offices are not staffed 24-hours a day, but all calls will be returned within one business day.
- Asian Liaison Unit - (202) 724-8009
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit - (202) 698-0289 (office); (202) 727.5437 (TTY); (202) 553-7874 (24/7 On Call Number)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit - (202) 506-0714
- Latino Liaison Unit - (202) 673-4445
SLD Email Discussion Group
Join the SLD email discussion groups to keep informed about current events and news from the Spcial Liaision Division. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join.