Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

New US DOJ video shows law enforcement how to work with trans community

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 1.31.02 PMThe U.S. Department of Justice Thursday (August 25)┬áreleased a training video that shows law enforcement officers how they should work with transgender people so that interactions are “respectful, professional and safe for all involved.”

The video includes three non-emergency situations showing officers talking to transgender women. Two of the interactions go smoothly, but in one, an officer laughs at a trans crime victim and uses the wrong pronoun. Another officer corrects him, and he apologizes.

Terms such as “assigned sex” and “gender identity” are explained. In a news release, DOJ officials said, “Understanding the terminology and the major issues facing the transgender community can help rebuild trust and ensure that encounters are safe for all parties. The video also emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between a threat and a stereotype, and notes that individuals who feel disrespected are less likely to have faith in or cooperate with law enforcement.”

In San Francisco, transgender people have often expressed mistrust of police.

Paul Monteiro, acting director of the DOJ’s Community Relation Service stated, “Transgender Americans, like all Americans, deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect by law enforcement officers. The information provided in this video will help strengthen the relationship between police and the transgender community, allowing for more effective investigations and safer encounters for officers and citizens alike.”


— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 25, 2016 @ 1:27 pm PST
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