New rules for Philly police on how to treat transgender people

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The Philadelphia Police Department has entered into policy a directive on new, more sensitive ways to interact with members of the public who are transgender.

Trainings will be held soon on the nine-page directive, created by Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel in conjunction with local members of the LGBTQ community, said Lt. John Stanford, of the Public Information office.

“It’s to make sure all people receive the courtesy and dignity they deserve as human beings,” Lt. Stanford said, when asked why the policy had been created.

The policy was approved and became effective on Dec. 20, he said, and has been communicated to all police officers. Trainings will take place at a later date.

Aspects of the police department’s new policy include:

-Transporting and housing transgender suspects separate from other people whenever possible

-Asking transgender individuals what pronouns they use

-Referring to a person based on their preferred gender identity, rather than what’s on their government-issued ID

-Never stopping a person to question their gender identity

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