03/21/2001

Berkeley's police diversity classes a first; mandatory training on gay issues
[Berkeley, CA]

Christopher Heredia
March 19, 2001, Monday, Final Edition
Copyright 2001 The Chronicle Publishing Co.
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 19, 2001, Monday, Final Edition

(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- Although diversity training has become commonplace at law enforcement agencies across the country, a program starting today in Berkeley appears to be the first of its kind to make it mandatory for all Police Department employees to take awareness classes on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Each sworn officer, dispatcher and secretary in the 324-employee department will be required to sign up for the six-hour course -- two-thirds covering issues specific to transgender men and women, with the remainder devoted to gay, lesbian and bisexual issues.

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