The D.C. police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit is changing its name to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit.
The department said in a statement Monday that the new name stems from “an effort to be inclusive of all members of the LGBT community.”
The change, the police said, “will be recognizable” to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities who seek the department’s help.
In recent years, members of the transgender community in particular have questioned whether the police have been sufficiently sensitive and attentive to their concerns.
It was not immediately clear what effect the new name would have or what prompted the change at this time.
In 2013, a leader of a group called Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence said it was important to call attention to crimes with transgender victims.
“People see transgendered as a target,” Hassan Naveed said. “People will attack certain people because they perceive them as being weak. We want people to realize that it is happening.” He spoke after a string of attacks involving gay and transgender victims.
At that time, a senior police official, Peter Newsham, said, “Advocates in that community seem to think offenses are not taken as seriously as others.”