Last Thursday, the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service released a training video providing techiques and tools to help law enforcement better interact with the transgender community.
According to the press release, the nearly 13-minute video is meant to ensure safe, professional, and respectful interactions for all using three non-emergency and non-crisis situations to discuss ways for police officers to effectively and politely interact with transgender individuals. In promoting best practices, the video defines three important terms: assigned sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Transgender Americans, like all Americans, deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect by law enforcement officers,” said Acting Director Paul Monteiro of CRS in the release. “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.”
In one of the examples, the video demonstrates an officer laughing and using an inappropriate pronoun to address a transgender individual who appears to be the victim of a crime and the officer’s partner pulls him aside to correct his behavior. Afterwards, the offending officer apologizes for his prior conduct and approaches the rest of the interview with the necessary respect and professionalism.
The video makes a point to that officers should keep questions relevant to the situation and remain courteous throughout the encounter.
You can check out the full release on the video here.