Introduction: The Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) is staffed by openly gay and lesbian members of the department and their allies. Since its inception in June 2000, the GLLU has dedicated itself to serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities in the Washington Metropolitan area and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The unit’s creation was not in response to a single event, but instead a recognition of the long history of actual and perceived abuse by police of this community, which resulted in under-reporting of crime and a general distrust of law enforcement.
Location: 1369-A Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Schedule: Flexible hours are available.
Number of Citizen Volunteer Positions: Three
Number of Intern Positions: Two
Program Description: Interns will be reviewing, analyzing, updating and summarizing past and current GLLU cases and entering the information into the unit’s ‘GLLUSTIC’ database. The intern will also ensure that previously entered cases were submitted accurately. The work would include research into statistical information, gathering the numbers for the unit’s records (domestic violence, sexual assaults, etc.)
The intern will also have the opportunity to do ride-alongs with GLLU officers, thereby interacting with complainants and members of the GLBT communities and seeing issues first-hand.
Volunteers will assist the unit with outreach efforts and community relations.
Accessibility: Public Transportation (Red Line)
Last Updated: 11/1/2011