August 24, 2016
This morning, the Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) launched a new roll-call training video, “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community,” that models best practices for police interactions with transgender individuals.  The short roll-call training video uses real-world scenarios involving several of the most common ways that law enforcement officials interact with members of the transgender community: a traffic stop, a hate crime assault report, and a public restroom call.  PFLAG National was a proud member of the coalition which helped put this video together. 

This multi-year project is being lauded and promoted, and is yet another valuable tool in PFLAG National's work to prevent hate crimes, along with the implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the President's 21st Century Community Policing Initiative, formulated in the past couple of years to address and repair heightened tension between law enforcement entities and the communities they serve and protect. 

For this historic DOJ CRS initiative, PFLAG National board member Catherine Hyde and Director of Policy Diego M. Sanchez were both part of the leadership Subject Matter Expert Team. Both participated from the very first meeting three years ago, and Catherine spoke most strongly about including gender-expansive people in both the definitions and descriptions as well as in the discussions and dialogue throughout the thinking and writing or the film. Diego, Catherine, and Liz Owen, Communications Director for PFLAG National, also provided input on the script, and Diego was on-site , helping provide direction to the crew.

PFLAGers everywhere should be proud that we have helped produce this very real set of products to help make communities safer and more welcoming of our trans and gender-expansive friends, family members, allies and colleagues.