About TCOPS / TCOPS International: The Organization
TCOPS is a peer support network for transgendered law enforcement officers. Members are
patrol officers, deputies, federal officers, detectives, correctional officers, parole agents,
probation officers, constables, rangers, parks police, police officers, deputy sheriffs, state
special agents, federal special agents, special police officers, reserve officers, district
attorney investigators, forensic scientists, crime scene technicians, military law enforcement
personnel, corrections officers & CID officers, community service officers, college, campus,
and school police officers, latent fingerprint examiners, and other support staff, and retired
officers. Active, former, and retired transgender members from these law enforcement
agencies are eligible for membership in TCOPS.
There are currently plans to incorporate TCOPS into a Not-For-Profit Organization, to
advance the cause of transgender employee’s right to be employed and/ or retain
employment, through advocacy, support, and education.
Having an employee transition genders in a law enforcement environment, is a management
challenge. Providing managers with training, education, and resource information is a vital
part of a successful transition. Good management required the administrator of an agency to
consider the welfare and interests of their department, the co-workers, as well as the
transitioning employee. Preparing the employee to “transition” genders is the other
component of a well-rounded and viable transition at work.
Issues such as name changes on credentials and employment documents, the employee’s
presentation and appearance at work, grooming standards, concerns of co-workers,
restroom access, and locker room accommodations are all topics of interest and many times
contention. Specific policies, guidelines, or practices may have to be developed, to assure
that expectations are set forth for the employees, the affected employee, and management
alike. Information is power; the power to lead and the power to prosper.
Law Enforcement employees and especially credentialed officers or agents, are highly
trained and experienced professionals. Agencies spend huge amounts of money, to train an
employee throughout their career. Retention of these employees is in management’s best
interests as well as the employee’s. It allows the agency to save a vital resource for the
communities, which the officers serve.
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