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Special Liaison Branch

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of every person who lives, works, and visits the District.  That commitment includes those members of our community who are served by MPD's Special Liaison Branch.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Special Liaison Branch (SLB) 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 Branch 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 Branch

The SLB 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), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit (LGBTLU), and the Latino Liaison Unit (LLU).

The SLB 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 training through the Liaison Units in the SLB. 

The SLB 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.

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Core and Affiliate Members of the SLB

Summary staffing data last updated February 2017. 

Police District/ Unit Latino Liaison Unit (LLU) Asian Liaison Unit (ALU) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit (DHHU) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit (LGBTLU) African Affairs Affiliates Total Members
First District 1 1 6 1 1 10
Second District 11 7 3 8 1 30
Third District 5 1 2 9 3 29
Fourth District 10 0 4 12 3 29
Fifth District 5 3 10 4 1 23
Sixth District 5 6 6 5 0 22
Seventh District 2 3 3 2 3 13
Specialized Units 4 6 7 16 3 36
Core SLD Members 3 3 2 5 0 13
TOTAL 46 30 43 62 15 196

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 an on-duty affiliate or Liaison Officer be contacted.  For other police services, such as to request 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

The Special Liaison Branch has a centralized location at 801 Shepherd Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20011.  The main number is (202) 727-5427.  Please note that these offices are not staffed 24-hours a day, but all calls will be returned within one business day.  

The following units can be reached by calling: 

  • Asian Liaison Unit
    (202) 724-8009
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit
    (202) 553-7874
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit
    (202) 727-5427
  • Latino Liaison Unit
    (202) 673-4445

SLB Email Discussion Group

Join the SLB email discussion groups to keep informed about current events and news from the SLB.  Send an email to [email protected] to join.