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Breckenridge police become first department in nation to complete LGBT sensitivity course

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The Breckenridge Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in the nation to complete a new training course, LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement, which was launched this month by Out to Protect, a national nonprofit that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law enforcement professionals.

Breckenridge Police Sergeant Bryan Ridge said that all 26 members of the department, including the chief, assistant chief, patrol officers and community service officers are participated in the course. They will all be receiving a training certificate from Out To Protect.

"The training has been really beneficial for our officers," Ridge said in a release. "We have included it into our anti-bias training program."

"I commend the members of the Breckenridge Police Department for participating in this training program," said Out to Protect founder and CEO, Greg Miraglia, who created the course. "It's great to see a department so committed to community policing and increasing the cultural competence of its personnel."

The LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement course is intended to provide law enforcement professionals with the basic knowledge and understanding necessary to more effectively serve members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as to support LGBT law enforcement professionals. The course is available to all law enforcement professionals and students free of charge.