LGBTQ issues have become a more and more prominent part of public discussion in recent years.
As a response, many law enforcement agencies have been working diligently to improve LGBTQ-police relations.
Putting a police transgender policy in place to protect the rights of transgender suspects and victims is one way to ensure safe and ethical practices.
Transgender people are those who identify as a different gender than the sex they were assigned at birth.
According to estimates from The Williams Institute, nearly 1.5 million Americans identify as transgender. Unfortunately, police relations with the transgender community have often been strained.
Reports have shown that transgender people are up to four times more likely to suffer police violence than other people. And in a 2017 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, more than half of respondents said they were uncomfortable seeking police assistance for fear of harassment.
Keep in mind that the transgender community incorporates individuals from all walks of life. In fact, you may be surprised to discover that there are many transgender police serving in law enforcement.
For this reason, it’s even more important to both understand and respect the gender identities of transgender individuals.
Addressing a broad spectrum of transgender interaction in law enforcement policies is one way to ensure safety for your officers and community.