Boston Police Department Issues Special Order for Interacting with Transgender Individuals.

On June 4th, 2013, the Boston Police Department issued guidelines for police contact with transgender individuals.

The Special Order states in part, “The policy of the Boston Police Department is to treat all individuals with dignity, respect, and professionalism. Officers shall at all times abide by Boston Police Department Rule 102 §9 (Respectful Treatment), as well as the City of Boston Office of Human Resources’ ‘Guidelines to Prevent Gender Identity Discrimination’ when interacting with transgender individuals.”

The Order requires that all officers shall use the name and pronouns the transgender individual prefers.
The Order also lists changes to field stops, frisking, prisoner transportation, booking, searches, and conditions during holding.

As part of the new guidelines, a “Statement of Search Preference Form” must now be completed by the transgender individual; choosing to have a female or male police officer to conduct their search.

The Policy was developed with the assistance of and in partnership with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and BPD’s LGBT liaison Javier Pagan