December 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Mayor, GLLU officer honored for fighting hate crimes
Justin Markiewicz, GLLU, gay news, Washington Blade, MPD

Officer Justin Markiewicz was honored Tuesday by GLOV. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Metropolitan Police Officer Justin Markiewicz, who is a member of the department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, were among those receiving awards Tuesday night from Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence for their efforts to combat anti-LGBT hate crimes.

Gray, Markiewicz and four others received the GLOV Guardian Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions of an individual or organization that proactively combats hate crimes against the LGBT community in the District of Columbia,” a GLOV statement says. “This individual or organization has demonstrated leadership by going beyond expectations to improve the lives of LGBT people in our city.”

GLOV Chair Paul Tupper said the group selected Gray, among other things, “for making D.C. a safer place for transgender people.” Tupper said GLOV honored Officer Markiewicz because he was “a constant presence for the GLLU” while the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. Matt Mahl, was on leave and whose presence in the community continues.

The others receiving GLOV’s Guardian Award were Catherine Paquette, Mobile Services Manager for the sex worker advocacy group HIPS; David Perez, president, Latino GLBT History Project; and GLOV volunteers Lori McPherson and Teresa Rainey.

The awards presentation, which Gray and the others attended, was held at Diego Restaurant & Grill at 2100 14th St., N.W.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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  • Gray, Markiewicz and four others received the GLOV Guardian Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions of an individual or organization that proactively combats hate crimes against the LGBT community in the District of Columbia,” a GLOV statement says. “This individual or organization has demonstrated leadership by going beyond expectations to improve the lives of LGBT people in our city.”
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    Congratulations to all the GLOV Guardian Award winners!
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    Special shout outs to Mayor Vincent Gray and MPD Officer Justin Markiewicz. These individuals have set a remarkable example for all of us. Each has shown us that dedication to public service — causes greater than self — can easily trump personal adversities.
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    Vincent Gray has set an extraordinary high bar of personal mayoral example and commitment to the betterment of the everyday lives of DC's LGBT residents and their public safety. All future DC mayors ought be judged by Mayor Gray's example. Thank you, Vincent Gray.
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    And thank you, Justin Markiewicz. Justin Markiewicz exemplifies the every day dedication and service of the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department to the public safety of all Washingtonians. GLOV's Guardian Award to Officer Markiewicz for his service while a member of MPD's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) is particularly important at this time in our nation's law enforcement/ policing history.
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    Policing services provided for the special, underserved policing needs of LGBTQ residents and stakeholders by pros like Officer Markiewicz, as well as his brother and sister police officers at MPD's GLLU, is an outstanding example of Community Policing. That's an example worthy of communities and PDs in cities, counties and towns throughout America, too.
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    And why not? We're this nation's capital city. We ought to be able to display America's best example of Community Policing services like GLLU.
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    "Community policing focuses on crime and social disorder through the delivery of police services that includes aspects of traditional law enforcement, as well as prevention, problem-solving, community engagement, and partnerships. The community policing model balances reactive responses to calls for service with proactive problem-solving centered on the causes of crime and disorder. Community policing requires police and citizens to join together as partners in the course of both identifying and effectively addressing these issues."
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    http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e030917193-CP-Defined.pdf
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    http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e050919202-AdvCommunityPolicing_final.pdf
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