Police department goes gender neutral

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The Dyfed-Powys Police Department in Wales has taken some drastic steps to become more gender-neutral-friendly with new uniforms and policies within their facilities. The department’s Gender Identity Working Group released a report and recommendations that will all be implemented into their rules and regulations.

The report, entitled “Working to make Dyfed-Powys Police a Trans Friendly employer and service,” stated that “about 1% of the British population (approximately 655,000 people) are gender nonconforming to some degree” and that these recommendations were not only to help the police officers, but the communities they serve, as well.

The department will soon remove what they are calling “unnecessary differentiations” from their uniforms, such as ties being worn by males and cravats by females, as well as policies regarding nail polish, hair length and facial hair.

Assistant Chief Constable Liane James added, “As a Force, we have learnt that there may have been times when our practices and procedures have impacted our Trans communities and their engagement with us. This isn’t right. I am pleased to confirm that we have committed to all 18 recommendations made by the Gender Identity Working Group.”

Department facilities will soon have gender-neutral changing rooms, shower rooms, rest rooms and jail cells.

H/T: Heat Street

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