The West Hartford Police Department has a new policy on how to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
The policy is the first to be used in the state, and is really no different from how West Hartford officers currently do their jobs daily, treating people with respect.
With the help of Boston and Atlanta’s policy, West Hartford police came up with a way to process transgender men and women.
“Some of the officers have questions as to how that person is to be transported, patted down or put in cells,” said West Hartford Police Lt. Eric Rocheleau. “We have male cells, female cells, we have isolation cells, a bull pen, handicapped cell, so there is a number of different areas if these situations come up. We can place them were we need to.”
Police said they will use a transgender person’s government identification as an official way to tell whether they were born a man or a woman.
However, if they identify as something other than what their ID says, they’ll take that into consideration.
The department said it is all about respect and making someone feel comfortable.
“It's going to be up to each and every department if they need to have one or they don't,” Rocheleau said.
The department has been training officers to keep them informed about the changes.
They also said if something else comes up that needs to be addressed, it could also be written into the policy.
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