BY BTL STAFF
Detroit – Detroit Police Officer Dani Woods is this year’s MacAllister Award winner, presented by Equality Michigan.
“Officer Woods has been such a dynamic, long-time agent of change within the Detroit Police Department and in the community at large,” said Stephanie White, EQMI executive director.
“Detroit’s LGBTQ community has been incredibly lucky to have Officer Woods working inside of the system over the years to ensure our cases and issues are taken seriously and handled with greater care and respect.”
Officer Woods is a Detroit native and 16-year veteran with the DPD. She is currently assigned to the Chief’s Neighborhood Liaison unit where she coordinates and oversees the operations of the Citizen Radio Patrol. Officer Woods was appointed as the first LGBT Liaison Officer for the police department. She formulated the first LGBT Advisory Board Committee under the appointment of Chief James E. Craig and is a driving force in the LGBT community in her efforts of “Bridging the Gap” between law enforcement and the LGBT community.
Officer Woods has not limited her career to only patrol calls. She became a Field Training Officer while working at the 9th Precinct, offering her knowledge and experience to new officers as they join the ranks; conducted undercover operations at the Vice and Narcotic units; performed administrative duties; and never ceased to obtain training to enhance her duties and make herself a considerable asset to the Detroit community. She has a great rapport with the community and has been an invaluable ally to EQMI over the years in their victim services work.
EQMI recently announced the first two of four award recipients: this year’s Henry Messer Youth Activist Award winner, Aiden Ramirez-Tatum, and the Catalyst Award winner, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint).
EQMI will honor the awardees on Dec. 2 at DTE Energy Headquarters in downtown Detroit. This political mixer and awards reception is hosted by EQMI and presented by AT&T and DTE Energy. Join more than 200 celebrants for a powerhouse evening of political mingling, cocktails, fine cuisine, live entertainment, and a celebration of the achievements of the policymakers, businesses and community activists who have helped make 2016 such a dynamic year of political battles for LGBTQ equality.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.