The Department of Justice has recently released a video aimed to train the enforcement officers to deal with transgender citizens. If the officers are unsure about the person’s gender they need to ask how to address him or her. With example scenarios and different ways to handle, or not handle a situation, the video also explains why some things should or shouldn’t be said in interactions with trans people. One of the examples sees a woman call the police because she sees a trans woman go into a women’s bathroom, and a trans woman explains why some people in the LGBT community see police as a “non-ally”.
A statement released with the video from the Community Relations Service’s Paul Monteiro, reads: “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.”