Portsmouth police appoint LGBTQ community liaison

Captain Kenneth Saucer (Photo: Portsmouth Police Department)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police have appointed its first liaison for the LGBTQ community.

Chief Tonya Chapman announced Thursday that Captain Kenneth Saucer would take the position.

The Norfolk Police Department first introduced the LGBTQ liaison program in August 2015. The program focuses on the public safety needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.

In May 2016, Virginia Beach police followed suit by appointing an LGBTQ liaison, which prompted the Portsmouth Police Department to look into how it could integrate the program into its community outreach programs.

“This unequivocal response by the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Police Departments shows us all the necessity to have resources available to address the concerns of our LGBTQ community,” said Police Chief Tonya Chapman. “The Portsmouth Police Department treasures its efforts to build trust within our community and views the appointment of an LGBTQ Liaison as an additional method to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly, with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Captain Saucer will also serve as an extra resource for members of the LGBTQ community, who have become victims of crimes motivated by violence or hate. The goal of the program is to make sure these crimes don’t go unaddressed and in effort to break the cycle of animosity toward the LGBTQ community.

Captain Saucer joined Portsmouth police on November 20, 2000. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and has been a Captain since August 16. Currently, he’s assigned as Commander of the Portsmouth Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau.

If you need help or have concerns or questions for the Portsmouth Police Department’s LGBTQ Liaison, send an email to ppdLGBT@portsmouthva.gov.