Trans guidance for the police service
The Police Superintendents’ Association has worked with Stonewall, Surrey Police and its Police & Crime Commissioner, David Munro on a new initiative to support those who manage trans staff and officers, or those who wish to transition.
For a person speaking up about their identity with the employer is a huge step requiring a lot of courage: according to the Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain report 2017, half of transgender people (51%) have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination.
The guidance is designed to help people who are unfamiliar with the subject to understand the process of transitioning and what steps need to be made in order to ensure a positive experience at work; it will ensure that all managers and those who wish to transition to find the answers to questions such as:
A serving officer with Merseyside said:
‘This document is an indication of how progressive and more inclusive the police service now is.
“Six years ago, I started my transition and we didn’t even have a trans policy, we were all a little bit scared and apprehensive. Now look where we are.
“This document provides practical guidance, hope and confidence to managers and more importantly, to colleagues who are tentatively starting out on their journey to become their true selves.”
Project lead Superintendent Clinton Blackburn, co-chair on the national LGBT network, said:
“The process of transitioning can be extremely challenging for the individual as well as managers or colleagues alike.
“It is generally unfamiliar ground for people and the aim of this guidance is to try to give as much help and support as possible.
“As a manager, your role is to know your people and what to do to get the best out of them.
“The guidance will help us to ensure that we are providing the right support for their trans colleagues so people can feel true themselves at work.
“It will also help policing to become an employer of choice for the trans community.
“Every trans individual’s experience is different and no journey will be the same, so the toolkit will help to create a plan specific to each person’s individual needs.
“People often say ‘I don’t know what to say’ and this guide is designed to start and continue these conversations, to get to know their staff and to understand what they need to do as managers to support their trans staff.”
ACC Julie Cooke, NPCC Lead for LGBT+ has worked with Surrey Police to support the development of the toolkit. She said:
“It is so important that people are able to come to work and be themselves.
“As an organisation we need to ensure we have an environment which supports and encourages diversity and gives all our staff confidence.
“This toolkit will answer lots of questions for people, will support managers and trans colleagues alike but more importantly it should start conversations and make everyone more aware of trans issues.
“The toolkit should enable us to be more inclusive and provide much more support. A lot of work has gone into it and this will continue, to enable the toolkit to remain a living document with the most up to date advice.
“My thanks go to all of those involved in its creation and I commend it to you as the most up to date, police related trans advice.”
The toolkit will be available through force internal communication channels or through the Police LGBT Network website.