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Atlanta police department drafts transgender interaction policy

Atlanta police department drafts transgender interaction policy

ATLANTA — Atlanta police have adopted new policies establishing guidelines for officers’ interaction with transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming citizens.

Atlanta-policeChief George Turner said in a statement Thursday that the guideline are meant to ensure that transgender people and others are given the same level of respect and courtesy as others.

The guidelines include treating people in accordance to their gender identity while speaking to them, searching them or making an arrest.

Turner says department officials are also asked to keep in mind that a person’s gender identity may differ from what’s listed on their government identification.

Department spokesman Carlos Campos says department officials will be trained on the policies, which are expected to be implemented at the end of November.

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