Transgender Community of Police & Sheriffs
The Transgender Community of Police & Sheriffs; also known as TCOPS International, is primarily a peer-support group. We educate law enforcement executives, public safety organizations, supervisors, and co-workers on issues relating to gender identity and the gender transition of a colleague.
TCOPS was born out of the efforts of a research study by Dr. Thomas Whetstone at Southern Police Institute, about the incidence and experiences of “transsexual” (transgender) law enforcement officers working in a law enforcement environment. This study began in about 1998 and concluded the following year. Dr. Whetstone’s work brought together LEOs from around the world, to discuss their personal and professional experiences with gender identity issues, inside of their chosen profession.
TCOPS International does not charge fees for our services or expertise. We function as subject matter experts, consultants, and advisors for public safety agencies facing the challenge of inclusion and diversity in public safety agencies. Trans* law enforcement employees, their continued employment, and success at their jobs, are our focus.