The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has enacted a new policy requiring deputies to address transgender and gender non-conforming people using their preferred names and pronouns, officials said Tuesday.
The policy prohibits deputies from making offensive comments or asking about a person's gender transition process. It also says deputies cannot disclose that someone is transgender to non-law enforcement personnel, with few exceptions.
Sheriff's deputies are also required to address transgender and gender non-conforming people by their preferred name and use the pronoun that corresponds to their gender identify without requiring proof of a name change.
The sheriff's policy also says transgender or gender non-conforming people can specify the gender of deputies who conduct invasive searches, including strip searches.
The Los Angeles Police Department and New York Police Department also have similar policies, SCPR.org reports.