The LGBTQ+ Liaison for the Irving Police Department is Officer Michelle Kotlik.
The Irving Police Department created the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Liaison position in 2018. Irving Police created the LGBTQ+ Liaison position to strengthen the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and provide employees and community members with a direct point of contact to help foster positive relationships with our residents and employees in the city's police department. The Irving Police Department strives to foster an inclusive environment for all members of its community.
The LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer's duties include:
- Work as a point of contact between the Irving Police Department and the LGBTQ+ community with any concerns.
- Provide training and education to all sworn and civilian personnel about working with the LGBTQ+ community.
- Assist the Irving Police Department in advising and consulting with the department leadership on cases involving LGBTQ+ issues.
- Help the police department's recruiting program actively advertise to the LGBTQ+ community.
- Attend relevant training and conferences related to LGBTQ+ issues.
- Represent the Irving Police Department at LGBTQ+ social and community advocacy events.
- Get to know and meet with business owners, community groups, and the LGBTQ+ community.
- Encourage the LGBTQ+ community to report crimes.
- Maintain the open, trusting relationship the Irving Police Department prides itself on with the LGBTQ+ community.
Officer Michelle Kotlik is a highly respected member of the Irving Police Department by her peers and the citizens of Irving. She joined the Irving Police Department in 2019. Michelle actively volunteers to mentor Irving youth at the Irving Police Athletic League. Before joining the Irving Police Department, Officer Kotlik attended and graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce.