2018 CIT INTERNATIONAL KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI A PRESENTATION
2018 CIT INTERNATIONAL KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI A PRESENTATION BY ALLEGHENY COUNTY CIT COORDINATORS: OFFICER CURTIS BOYD-PORT AUTHORITY POLICE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY DETECTIVE DOCTOR PATTY POLOKA-PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE Allegheny County & the City Of Pittsburgh Crisis Intervention Team Est. 2007
INTRODUCTIONS Detective Patty Poloka Pittsburgh Bureau of Police CIT Coordinator Mother of 3 Retired Army Major Doctor of Management & Organizational Leadership
LGBTQIA+ in CIT? 10-4! FAMILY PERSPECTIVE, then Learning Objectives 3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Understand crisis elements of the LBGTQIA+ community which may lead to law enforcement encounters. A look at suicide rates, and other disparities among LBGTQIA+ youth. 2. Understand an effective way to incorporate the LBGTQIA+ topic
successfully into CIT. (Take away a basic model/structure for an LBGTQIA+ panel to go beyond political correctness and into empathy). 3. Understanding the spectrum related to hormones and chromosomes and gain knowledge about rates of homelessness in LBGTQIA+ youth. LGBTQIA+ in CIT? 10-4!
FAMILY PERSPECTIVE Introduction When a parent knows something has changed
Now that we know, whats next? Advocating and protecting your child CIT Law Enforcements role? WHY LGBTQIA+ in CIT?
Police have gone from "NIGHT WATCHMEN" to highlevel judgment and decision-making representatives of our local, state, and government law enforcement agencies. Police encounter members of the LGBTQIA+ community in 9-1-1 calls, encounters with the homeless, work peers, providing protection for First Amendment demonstrations, and personal or family lives. Education on this topic is timely, important, and critical to maintaining a CIT program adequately adapting to change. LEARNING OBJECTIVE 1
Understand crisis elements of the LBGTQIA+ community which may lead to law enforcement encounters. A look at suicide rates, and other disparities among LBGTQIA+ youth. Encounters Check on the Well-being
Family domestics Coming out Crisis Anxiety Rejection
may equal rage/violence Statistics 26% of LGBTQ youth in care were forced to leave their homes as a result of revealing their sexuality. National Statistic: 78% of LGBTQ youth were removed or ran away from foster placements as a result of hostility toward their sexual orientation or gender identity. On a national average, up to 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning. 50% of transgender youth have seriously contemplated suicide, and 1 in 4
have reported having made an attempt. Negative outcomes for many LGBT youth, can be prevented or reduced if parents, families, and caregivers can turn to a knowledgeable source for guidance, accurate information, and support. Family Rejection & Health Risks (Ryan et al., 2010) LGBT young adults who reported high levels of family rejection during adolescence were: 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse
compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection When I put my head on the pillow at night, I think about my daughter and just hope shes safe. I dont know where she is. I havent heard from her since I threw her out of the house when she told me she was lesbian. I didnt know what to do. I wish I had acted differently. I would give anything to be able to change that now.-Monica, mother of 16-year old lesbian youth LEARNING OBJECTIVE 2
Understand an effective way to incorporate the LBGTQIA+ topic successfully into CIT. (Basic model for curriculum). Homeless presentation Intervention of Children and Adolescents Family perspective panel Panel members The message Panel
Coach the panel on keeping mostly to law enforcement encounters, what LEOs should know, what LEOs might find helpful. Make sure the organization has the message you are looking to impart on the LEOs in CIT. Empathy, beyond political correctness
LEARNING OBJECTIVE 3 Understanding the spectrum related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Gender and Sexuality are two different aspects of an individuals identity (discuss sexual orientation and gender identity spectrums)
How people describe themselves is important Vocabulary is important for showing respect and gaining trust (review vocabulary) LEARNING OBJECTIVE 3
What you see is not necessarily what you get Rigid binary constructs common in our culture lead to discrimination We have all been taught to think in the binary so we need to practice being more flexible in our
understanding of sexual orientation (SO) and gender identity and expression (GIE) What makes us who we are? and how we express ourselves LEARNING OBJECTIVES -Did we meet these? Understand crisis elements of the LBGTQIA+ community which may
lead to law enforcement encounters. A look at suicide rates, and other disparities among LBGTQIA+ youth. Understand an effective way to incorporate the LBGTQIA+ topic successfully into CIT. (Take away a basic model/structure for an LBGTQIA+ panel to go beyond political correctness and into empathy). Understanding the spectrum related to hormones and
chromosomes and gain knowledge about rates of homelessness in LBGTQIA+ youth. Do you know the difference? Be a Professional Agency References *Department of Justice (DOJ) video recommendation: https://www.justice.gov/crs/video/law-enforcement-and-transgender-community-crs-roll-call-training-vi deo
(video is 12:48) Ryan, C., Russell, S. T., Huebner, D., Diaz, R. and Sanchez, J. (2010), Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23: 205213. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6171.2010.00246.x Needham, B. L., & Austin, E. L. (2010). Sexual orientation, parental support, and health during the transition to young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 11891198. Detective Doctor Patricia Poloka #3864 PBP Employee Wellness & Resource Coordinator Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Wellness Office 412-323-7827 [email protected] AND Officer Curtis Boyd #5514 Allegheny County Port Authority Police Lead Community Resource Officer CAT/CIT Co-Coordinator 345 6th Ave. 3rd Fl. Pgh, Pa. 15222 Phone 412-255-1544 Office [email protected]
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