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Philadelphia police revamps policy on how to treat transgender people

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police have issued new guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people, a policy that department officials say is to ensure everyone is treated with respect.

philadelphia-policeThe policy requires police to address transgender people by their chosen names, whether it’s their legal name or not, and to include their chosen names on all police paperwork, reported KYW-AM.

The policy also gives transgender criminal suspects the right to request to be frisked by an officer whose gender is of their choosing, and the right to be transported and held in a cell separately from other detainees whenever possible.

Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, applauds the effort and hopes other police departments in Pennsylvania follow Philadelphia’s lead.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Hey ive got a idea? Treat them like human beings! With respect as u would want to be treated!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:01am
  2. God bless America’s LGBT youth. And God bless the left-wing police.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:03am
  3. Lol, Michael Mcnitt, cops don’t know how to treat anyone with respect!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:08am
  4. A surprising, but pleasing turn of events.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:15am
  5. Long over due. Fantastic its been looked into.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:48am
  6. Good for them!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:48am
  7. Let’s not forget that not all cops are disrespectful, just as not all criminals are bad people.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:51am
  8. Isn’t it sad that they had to do so?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 4:30am
  9. Fuck the police! As if they’re gonna actually treat transgender people with respect when they can’t even treat cisgender people with respect lol

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 5:27am
  10. thats WONDERFUL!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 5:44am
  11. Seems like a step in the right direction. Way to go Philly!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:51am
  12. Pat me down from hair to toe nails officer don’t use force now

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:20am
  13. Good! About Time !!! ;o(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:45am