Chief William Smith has named Captain Michael Bender as the Richmond Police Department’s new liaison with the LGBTQ community in Richmond.
“Captain Bender took over as the commander of the Community, Youth, and Intervention Services (CYIS) Unit earlier this year and I am pleased he has agreed to assume this additional duty,” said Chief Smith. “It’s a natural fit because he leads many of our outreach efforts.”
Captain Bender replaces Captain Daniel Minton as the RPD’s LGBTQ liaison. Captain Minton is now the commander of Fourth Precinct.
“I appreciate Captain Minton’s assistance with the transition into this role over the past few months. My goal is to build on the strong foundation that he has established,” said Captain Bender. “I want to continue to enhance the relationship between RPD officers and members of the LGBTQ community.”
An RPD spokesperson says they’re proud to make Captain Bender available in a variety of forums as the LGBTQ liaison. Citizens can chat with him at events such as community walks or meet with him anonymously about LGBTQ concerns.
Captain Bender is a 24-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department.