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LGBTQ+ Community Liaison Appointed in Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office

March 18, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to improving community relations with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community. In an effort to help foster positive relationships and address safety concerns with the LGBTQ+ community our office created the LGBTQ+ Liaison position. Prosecutor Sutherland is pleased to announce the appointment of Lieutenant Joseph Landis as the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office’s liaison between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community.

This position was created to provide community members and officers with a direct point of contact focused on serving residents and fellow officers within the County with concerns directly affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Prosecutor Sutherland believes that; “With the increase in bias crimes and bias incidents across the State, it is important for the residents of Cape May County to know that law enforcement can better protect and serve the community as a whole by having an open dialogue of inclusion and trust with all of our diverse communities.” One of the important tasks of the LGBTQ+ Liaison position is to facilitate training for law enforcement as well as the community in a stigma free environment. This position will also help foster an inclusive environment both internally and externally so that all members of the LGBTQ+ community feel safe in reporting issues that may be affecting them.

Through ongoing community outreach initiative and engagements, the LGBTQ+ Liaison serves as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in an effort to build trust between the law enforcement and the communities it serves.

Lieutenant Joseph Landis can be contacted at jlandis@cmcpros.net or 609-465-1135.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has information concerning a bias incident and or bias crime to report this to your local law enforcement or anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-465-2800 or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.