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APD appoints LGBT liaison
APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

"We've made great strides in strengthening our relationship with the LGBT community, and I expect Officer Knight will keep up the great work already done," Chief Turner said in a statement.

Knight's appointment gets Mayor Kasim Reed's stamp of approval as well.

"I am proud of the work our LGBT liaisons have done on behalf of the Atlanta Police Department and the city of Atlanta," Reed said. "They provide a valuable link to Atlanta's vibrant and diverse LGBT community, and I am confident that Officer Knight will excel in her new position."