The mission of the LGBTQ liaison is to develop and strengthen the relationships with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community with the St. Petersburg Police Department. This is accomplished through the personal contact of Lt. Markus Hughes with the community leaders, residents, businesses, and non-profits within the LGBTQ community. He serves as a direct conduit for the LGBTQ community and their allies with any criminal or quality of life issues they may face. He also reaches out to any victims of reported hate crimes, offering any needed assistance as they navigate the criminal justice system. By doing so, Lt. Markus Hughes contributes to the creation of mutual trust between the Police Department and the LGBTQ community so everyone gains increasing confidence in the police through the provision of fair and professional policing services.