Vancouver Police Department will be reviewing a report this Thursday on how to interact with transgender people.
The proposed policy was developed after the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal found police had violated a transgender woman’s rights.
Morgan Oger with Trans Alliance Society says this particular policy deals with Jail procedures.
“It addresses the nuts and bolts of for example search or housing of a transgender inmate in the Vancouver Police Jail system.”
The report details recommended VPD’s Jail Manual of Operations to address the issue and officers will also receive classroom training.
Oger says she’s generally happy with the changes.
“It’s an enormous step forward and of course this is policy and policy has consequences, officers who don’t follow this policy risk facing consequences and dealing with their superiors if there are complaints. And so we feel that this is a very good start.”
But she says while this is a good step forward, it’s just the first of many policy recommendations.