DOJ Rolls Out Transgender Sensitivity Training for Police

Following several years of “constructive dialog” with the LGBT community, the U.S. Justice Department is now training law enforcement officers on how to better understand and help the “transgender community.””It’s clear that such  training is as necessary as it is overdue,” Associate Attorney General Tony West told a gathering at the Justice Department on Thursday, as DOJ’s Community Relations Service kicked off its new “transgender law enforcement cultural professionalism training.”The training will help law enforcement agencies “improve their understanding of the transgender communities they serve and improve their work with those communities,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Cole, who appeared with West to launch the sensitivity training.Addressing transgenders, Cole said, “We heard you when you told us that we needed to establish a foundation of trust between those who serve and protect the public and those in the LGBT communities — particularly the transgender community — who are disproportionately the victims of hate violence.”We listened when you told us that you felt that you did not have the respect or understanding of members of law enforcement.