The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department put forth a special policy for way their officers should interact with transgender citizens, the department announced Tuesday.
The policy, started earlier last month, serves to reinforce already existing customs on how officers treat transgenders on the job, reports US News.
“Most of the policies are to help educate our own and some of the policies are basic, but some terms are not appropriate anymore,” sheriff’s Lt. Don Mueller explained.
The policy tells deputies to use the correct pronouns and name when talking to a transgender or gender non-conforming person. As well, deputies are warned from joking or asking questions about a transgender’s transition to the opposite gender.
Deputies are not supposed to tell other people that a person is transgender, unless there is a specific circumstance. Transgender citizens can also decide what gender they want to pat them down during a search.
The Minneapolis Police Department enacted a similar policy in September for dealing with transgender citizens.
Their policy tells officers to use the correct pronouns when dealing with trans people. Transgenders are also allowed to request what gender they want patting them down during a stop and frisk. (RELATED: Minneapolis Police Told To Use Proper Pronouns With Transgender Citizens)
“You are our friends, you are our family. You are our community, you are our neighbors. We are proud to stand with you, and we are proud to stand for you in the work that we do in the city of Minneapolis,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges about the new policy.
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