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, reports.