LGBT Police Liaison



The City of Orlando and the Orlando Police Department are committed to making sure that all members of the community are represented and have the same access to services.  Orlando Police Chief John Mina appointed Lieutenant James Young to uphold the department’s promise to serve everyone with dignity and respect as the agency’s LGBT Police/Community Liaison.

Lieutenant James “Jim” Young has been working in law enforcement for 26 years. He Grew up in northern Ohio, and upon completing High School, he entered the U.S. Air Force at age 17. He worked in the Security Police field and served tours within the U.S., Central America and the Middle East. He joined the City of Pinellas Park Police Department in 1990 where he served in patrol, criminal investigations, undercover drug unit, gang unit, SWAT and as special assignment in Chief’s staff. Lt. Young earned Officer of the Year in 1996 while completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology at St. Leo University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He left the police department at the end of that year to continue a full time education in law.

He returned to law enforcement in 1997 by joining the Orlando Police Department. Since that time, he has worked in various sections of patrol, special operations and crime prevention. He has represented OPD at many functions and meetings over the years maintaining a great relationship with the LGBT community. He is also an assistant team commander for the Department’s Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2010, and has served as a patrol supervisor, Mounted Patrol Supervisor and Media Relations Supervisor. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Young has served as a patrol watch commander, and now serves as the Special Patrol Section Commander, overseeing several specialized units and major events.

Lt. Young is an instructor in several fields of expertise and teaches in-service training to OPD, as well as other law enforcement agencies. This also includes teaching a course on diversity, focusing on LGBT issues. Lt. Young has and continues to serve on many boards, overseeing community grants, law enforcement testing and various others. He also served as his neighborhood association vice president for more than 15 years. Jim often volunteers with many community organizations.

Chief Mina continues to expand the liaison program, and several OPD members are now actively assisting to ensure the entire community is served with courage, pride and commitment, and that all are treated with dignity and respect.

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