The new policy will reinforce practices that are already being followed throughout the department.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has put in place a new policy for interacting with transgender and gender non-conforming people.
These new guidelines went into effect earlier this month says that deputies must now address people by their preferred pronoun.
Lt. Don Mueller said Tuesday that the new policy will reinforce practices that are already being followed throughout the department.
The new policy does not allow for deputies to ask about a person’s transition process or make offensive comments.
It also prohibits personnel from disclosing that someone is trans to non-law enforcement workers with few exceptions reports the Associated Press.
Deputies must also respect transgender and non-conforming people’s requests for the gender of the deputies performing invasive searches including strip searches.
Both the Los Angeles Police Department and New York Police Department have similar policies in place.