Nearly 140 professionals from 25 states and seven foreign countries were in attendance at the 12th Annual Gay Officers Action League conference held at George Washington University in Washington DC in mid-May. This year’s conference was co-presented by the Washington, DC-based Mid-Atlantic Gay Officer’s Action League (GOAL) and the Center for Homicide Research. The conference brought together GLBT criminal justice professionals from every level of law enforcement, including chiefs of police, assistant chiefs, detectives and officers.
The conference, one of the largest in recent years, featured keynote addresses by Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard, and Commander Dave O’Malley, retired police chief of Laramie, Wyoming and principal investigator in the Shepard case.
The four-day conference included presentations on hate crimes, homicide, coming out, professional development, and the role of law enforcement in major social events.