JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Three offices joined together to host two training sessions called “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community”.
The sessions were held in Long Beach and at the Jackson Police Department Training Academy.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center provided support and assistance for both training sessions.
They said the purpose of these training sessions is to bring awareness to the challenges faced by law enforcement when interacting with citizens who identify themselves as transgender. The goals of the training sessions were to teach relevant terminology, to help law enforcement and other participants understand and respond to hate crimes, to provide an awareness of strategies and resources for successful case development in cases involving transgender victims, witnesses, or community members and to alleviate misconceptions about transgender persons.
The U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Justice Community Relations Services sponsored the event.