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Atlanta Police Adopt New Transgender Interaction Policies

Post Date:10/10/2014 2:45 PM

Atlanta Police Public Affairs

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 Carlos Campos APD Public Affairs Manager
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Elizabeth Espy, APD Public Affairs Deputy Manager
           
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 News Release

Atlanta Police Adopt New Transgender Interaction Policies

New procedures aimed at improving interactions with transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming individuals

Police Chief George Turner today signed new policies aimed at establishing Atlanta Police Department procedures for interactions with transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals.

“This important policy is a formal recognition that this community will be entitled to the same level of respect, courtesy and professionalism extended to all citizens with whom our officers interact,” Chief Turner said. “We live in a diverse, major metropolitan city and our policies must reflect the need to embrace, and work cooperatively with, every citizen we serve within that broad community.”

Signing of the new policy by Chief Turner comes as the Atlanta Police Department is preparing to participate in the city’s annual Atlanta Pride celebration. APD historically has a contingent of officers participating in the celebrations, most visibly by marching in the parade through the streets of Midtown. This year, officers will be joined by employees from a cross-section of other city agencies.

“The adoption of this policy is another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta’s transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors.”

All department personnel will receive training on the new Standard Operating Procedure (APD.SOP.6180 Transgender Interactions), which was developed in compliance with standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Atlanta Police Department is CALEA-certified, an important national accreditation standard for law enforcement agencies. The training will be held with the assistance of APD’s LGBT Liaison Officers, Senior Police Officer Brian Sharp and Officer Eric King.The SOP focuses on issues such as verbal communications and gender classification procedures, while also defining various terms associated with the transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming community. A few highlights of the new SOP include: 

  • Treating transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming individuals in a manner appropriate to the individual’s gender identity, which may be different from the sex that the individual was assigned at birth or listed on their official government-issued identification. 
  • Using pronouns that match the gender identity of the individual (e.g., “she, her, hers” for an individual whose gender identity is female; “he, him, his” for an individual whose gender identity is male).
  • Regardless of the individual’s public appearance, classify an individual’s gender identity in accordance with statements or requests made by the individual.  For example, an employee will correct his or her initial assumption about an individual’s gender identity if the individual asks the employee to use different pronouns. 
  • When requested, address transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming individuals by their chosen name rather than the name which is on their government-issued identification.
  • Employees searching or arresting a transgender, intersex or gender nonconforming individual, or performing similar official actions or duties (excluding preparation of written documents) in connection with a transgender, intersex or gender nonconforming individual, shall deem the individual’s gender to be male or female based upon the individual’s gender identity.
  • Employees making transport decisions regarding a transgender, intersex or gender nonconforming individual shall deem the individual’s gender to be male or female based upon the individual’s gender identity. 

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