Orlando Police Department introduces Transgender Person policy

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orlando – The Orlando Police Department announced in a press release Nov. 6 that it will adopt new Transgender Persons procedures to ensure that all officers are in line with the agencies policy “to treat all people with dignity and respect.”

“Orlando is a city that embraces diversity and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions and sexual orientations,” OPD Media Relations stated in an email. “Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Patty Sheehan, in particular, have worked diligently to have an inclusive government that fosters diversity by establishing programs, ordinances and initiatives that benefit the LGBT community.”

The course will help officers to understand common issues LGBT individuals face, assist agencies in improving workplace support of LGBT employees and creating policies that address LGBT issues.

The new policy also explains proper terminology to use with a member of the transgender community and details proper transgender handling and searches.

The new procedure comes nearly six weeks after a transgender woman live-tweeted her mistreatment by TSA agents at Orlando International Airport.

The full policy and procedure can be viewed below.

Transgender Persons Policy (1)

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