The Ontario County Office of Sheriff realizes people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBTQIA) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the county. The perspectives and needs of LGBTQI people should be considered and it is the focus of the Sheriff's Office that we continue to be responsive and meet the needs of the community.
Our deputies have received training through the Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes with the Safe Zone model program, which focuses on:
(1) The difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and how these two aspects of identity relate to each other and to race, culture, and religion.
(2) The terminology used to identify and describe sexual orientation and gender identity.
(3) How to create an inclusive workplace within law enforcement for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.
(4) Important moments in history related to sexual orientation and gender identity minorities and law enforcement.
(5) How law enforcement can respond effectively to domestic violence and hate crimes involving sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.