Diversity In Law Enforcement: SFJ’s Conscious Law Enforcement Forum Series

Updated: May 10

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Written by Elinor A. McNeel.

The topic of today is Diversity in Law Enforcement!

Each guest panelists are representatives of a Law Enforcement organization that looks at providing equity within and outside of law enforcement. We will discuss what challenges are faced in the police force as a result of your race, gender, and/or sexual orientation but, most importantly, what needs to change in order for those challenges to be addressed. Each panelist will provide what their organization does to address the need for recruitment, retention, and promotion in law enforcement.

Recording available until March 22, 2021.

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The Panelist

Picture of Kathy Caldwell with the Gay Office Action League logo.
Officer Kathy Caldwell

Kathy Caldwell (Co-chair for the LGBTQ Hall of Fame; Treasurer for the Gay Officer Action League) The group’s original purpose is to provide support for gay and lesbian police officers, who were mostly closeted at the time. The LGPA is dedicated to promoting solidarity and upholding Human Rights, providing support and social interaction for its members, and promoting understanding between the police and Chicago’s LGBT communities through education, communication, and charitable acts. The Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) was brought to Illinois from New York in 1995. In 2005, the original LGPA merged with GOAL; since then, the combined organization has been known as the Lesbian and Gay Police Association–Gay Officers Action League. The move opened up membership to firefighters, public safety officers, and associate members, benefiting the organization by improving infrastructure, expanding support, and affording cooperation with outside agencies.

Picture of Kym Craven with the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives logo
Kym Craven, Executive Director (NAWLEE)

Kym Craven (National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives) (NAWLEE) is the first organization established to address the unique needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement. The general purpose and mission of the National Association Women Law Enforcement Executives, Inc. is to promote the ideals and principles of women executives in law enforcement; to conduct training seminars, and educate women executives in law enforcement, including but not limited to the areas of leadership, mentoring opportunities, management, and administration; to provide a forum for the exchange of information concerning law enforcement, and generally fostering effective law enforcement.

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President Lynda Williams (NOBLE)

President, Lynda Williams (Justice By Action) National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. The organization has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, and criminal justice practitioners. Their mission is to ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.