The patches are also sold for a good cause.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has introduced the LASD Pride Patch to honor LGBTQ Pride Month.
Law enforcement agencies across America wear the shoulder patches to represent the department and the people who wear the uniform.
On Saturday, the LASD unveiled their new patches not only to support the LGBT community but to also raise money for homeless LGBT youth and services.
“I am proud of each and every one of the fine men and women in the LASD, who serve our diverse communities every day,” said Sheriff Alex Villanueva. “We will always celebrate the fact that within our ranks, so many LGBTQ members of our Department serve openly and with absolute pride.”
The Pride Patch was designed and authorized by Sheriff Villanueva, who wore it during LA Pride Parade on Sunday.
Parade attendees were given a free version of the patch. Those who wish to own one of their own can visit www.LASDPridePatch.com to purchase one. All profits go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Homeless Youth Shelter.
“This is an exciting first for Southern California Law Enforcement and one of the first law enforcement pride patches anywhere in the county,” said project coordinator Lieutenant Don Mueller on Facebook. “Throughout history, police and the sheriff’s departments have had an adversarial relationship with the LGBTQ community at best. But today, we have hundreds of the gay, lesbian and transgender deputies and officers who serve openly with pride.”
“It is essential to our mission that this Department reflects the diverse communities that we serve,” added Sheriff Villanueva, “ As we concentrate our recruitment efforts on hiring from within L.A. County, I encourage members from the LGBTQ community to apply and become a part of our very inclusive family.”
For more information on the Pride Patch project, please visit www.LASDPridePatch.com