Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department enacts positive transgender policy
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has enacted a policy requiring deputies to address transgender and gender nonconforming people using their preferred names and pronouns.
The policy aims to reinforce practices that are already being widely followed throughout the department, said sheriff’s Lt. Don Mueller.
It prohibits deputies from making offensive comments or asking about a person’s gender transition process. It also outlaws deputies from disclosing that someone is transgender to non-law enforcement personnel, with few exceptions.
The policy also says transgender or gender nonconforming people can specify the gender of deputies who conduct invasive searches. During booking procedures, transgender inmates cannot be directed to remove any prosthetics or wigs that non-transgender inmates wouldn’t be required to take off.
“Most of the policies are to help educate our own and some of the policies are basic, but some terms are not appropriate anymore,” said Mueller.