NJ Cops Mandated To Only Use Suspect's Chosen Names, Preferred Pronouns

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued the LBGTQ Equality Directive on Wednesday.

Trenton, NJ – New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has issued a new directive ordering the state’s law enforcement officers to address transgender people by their chosen names and preferred pronouns, as well as a slew of other new requirements.

“Unfortunately, transgender individuals regularly report that they are somewhat or very uncomfortable asking the police for help when they need it,” Grewal wrote in the 14-page LGBTQ Equality Directive, which was issued on Wednesday.

“[Overcoming] that is a difficult task that requires, among other things, building trust with marginalized communities so that everyone in New Jersey will feel comfortable approaching law enforcement,” the state attorney general said.

Law enforcement officers will undergo mandatory training to understand the differences between gender non-conforming, non-binary, and transgender, WKXW reported.

“We are committed to using all of the tools of our office to safeguard the rights and safety of all New Jerseyans, including members of our LGBTQ community,” Grewal said, according to the New Jersey Spotlight. “That means not only pushing back against the discriminatory policies of the Trump Administration, but also pushing forward our vision of a fair, safe and welcoming state.”

Under Grewal’s directive, New Jersey law enforcement officers can no longer inquire about an individual’s anatomy unless it is pertinent to an investigation, WKXW reported.

They cannot use “invasive search procedures” to determine a suspect’s gender, and must address people using the aliases those individuals have chosen, regardless of the names listed on official records.

“Transgender individuals’ chosen names and pronouns are critical to their dignity and identity,” Grewal wrote in the directive. “Address individuals using their chosen names that reflect their gender identity…even if that name changes over time.”

Police must make every attempt to provide gender non-conforming, binary and transgender individuals with private bathrooms at police stations, and cannot deny them access to cosmetics, wigs, prosthetics, chest binders, or bras, WKXW reported.

When transporting or housing suspects who are segregated by gender, officers must “transport individuals according to their gender identity or expression, regardless of the gender that individual was assigned at birth and/or their anatomical characteristics,” according to the directive.

Transgender individuals should be transported alone “when requested” and when “practicable,” and if such a request is denied, that denial must be approved by a supervisor and documented in writing.

Grewal ordered that the same procedure be followed with regards to accommodating inmates’ requests for “private” jail cells.

Non-binary and gender non-conforming suspects should be transported and housed “with arrestees of the gender that is safest for them, taking into account which gender that individual expresses to be safest for them,” the state attorney general wrote.

Inmates cannot be denied prescribed hormone medications that have been deemed “necessary for an individual’s health and wellbeing,” according to the directive.

The directive will go into effect on June 1, 2020.

“As New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer, it’s my job to protect the safety and the civil rights of all New Jersey residents, including members of the LGBTQ community,” Grewal said in a video statement. “With the rise in hate crimes motivated by homophobia and transphobia, that responsibility is more important now than ever.”

“We’ll treat everyone in line with their gender identity, no matter the gender they were assigned at birth,” he continued. “We’ll accord LGBTQ people the respect and dignity that we all deserve."

Garden State Equality Director of Communications Jon Oliveira praised the directive as a step in the right direction.

"LGBTQ community and law enforcement have had a very troubled history dating back decades, with bar raids and violence,” Oliveira told WKXW. "We get calls and stories all the time where New Jerseyans have had issues related to their sexual orientation or gender identity when they've come in contact with law enforcement.”

The sweeping changes will help law enforcement officers “to do their jobs better,” while also improving the lives of the LGBTQ community, Oliveira decalred.

Comments (54)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Just use the "Generic Names" Like Dipsh**, Peckerwood, Scroat, A-hole, Scumbag,,,they are universal, Non binary and fit into any conversation during the Arrest.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

There's going to be a helluva lot of straight dudes requesting wigs when they're arrested! 😂

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Provided the officers are told what their preferred pronouns are, and their preferred name matches up with what is on their government issued ID, than I don't see this being that big of an issue.

However, when you are permitting people to use aliases, instead of their proper legal name, that is just asking for problems. As is the democratic Attorney General taking a cheap shot at the republican presetting during this announcement. I can see numerous issues with incorrect information being provided to law enforcement, with the justification being "well, it's my preferred name and description"

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

What a crappy story.Full of crap.I'm a retired LEO and I and those around me never had problems as stated in the story unless the person caused it.Trump Trump.What the hell does he have to do with the story.More hate.Knowing if a person is dick-less or not knowd the correct name for the investigators is a must.How else can a officer know who or what they are dealing with.

JDS
JDS

Cocksucking, turban douchebag is his preferred pronoun.

LEO0301
LEO0301

And what happens to the officer should they decide not to follow this directive?

jarhead24
jarhead24

Seriously, just look at the picture of this moron. After years of hammering away by the socialist and liberal police haters we are left with clowns like this to create and enforce these social justice WOKE rules and laws! Disgusting.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Tell NJ to go fuck themselves and get a job in State not mired in lunacy.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

But some people are supposedly "gender fluid." That gets really complicated when they can be male in the morning, and female in the afternoon.

The directive simply should be to use some objective criteria, such as the gender on official documentation such as a license, birth certificate or something. People could game the system and a sexual predator could ask to be incarcerated with the opposite gender. That would be bad.

While I am willing to attempt call Caitlyn Jenner "she," gender is not psychological; it is biological. If you have a Y chromosome, you are male. It would be incredibly unjust to discipline anyone for using an "incorrect" pronoun.

Lawyers must be loving the crazy new world. The transgender person can sue for civil rights violation (gender discrimination), and then the fired cop can sue for civil rights violation (religious discrimination). Crazy! It would be simpler if we could just stick to science instead of psychology.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

All the cops in Jersey should use their preferred pronoun Gubir Grewal, then every citizen complaint will be on the attorney general. He is basically saying that anyone can use any pronoun they want. “Hi, I’m officer Gubir Grewal...enjoy your speeding ticket fine, have a nice day”

Aramovich
Aramovich

Excuse, will you give me your preferred pronoun before I open fire?

MCM
MCM

We're finding out the reasons why societies of the past didn't tolerate the alphabet people.

tkshields
tkshields

this guy needs to loosen up that diaper and have a hamburger

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

I’m so glad I’ve only got a few more months of this bullshit. I’m going to go to work for Burger King or something. Maybe drive for Grayhound, I don’t know.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

How about just using “it”? As in “it rubs the lotion on its skin”

unholyone
unholyone

WhoTF votes for these idiots? I'll bet Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/They/Them Grewell put a lot of time into this insanity. NJ must have no other crime problems like gubmint corruption. Its cities, like Camden, Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, must be crime-free for he/she/it/they/them to spend so much time on pronouns and hurt feelings. After all, it is a "gun-free zone." Glad I escaped NJ in 1980 and won't return.

observer1
observer1

Welcome to "New Sodom", the country formerly called America. The official flag now depicts a rainbow. This has been deemed Universal Law by a vote of "The Supreme Controlling Committee".

Gramercy
Gramercy

Well, it is against my grain to call a "he a she"....if one chooses to change the anatomy that God blessed them with, that is their call...but do not expect all others to address the change either willingly or openly....it is REALLY difficult...especially if their is any residue in the person of his/her initial sex. Cannot imagine this will fly with police...what more can they possibly have "on their plates" to deal with...aside from crime???

Storm45
Storm45

This is the result of fifty years of “inclusiveness and tolerance” that us “racist” whites have warned against. Third World toxic waste.

Wish505
Wish505

Disgusting as to the quality of people that are being put in office. Reap what you sow. Now my question is will this DA ensure that the perps, jackwagons, butt wipes or what ever fits will use the proper name and pronouns when referring to CO and LE?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Don't think an Attorney General can over rule the constitution.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Dam moslems are try to destroy America give them all the same name fagats cover's them all

Raymelson
Raymelson

How in the hell do these rag heads get in office

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? Is he f••king serious?? Do you know the kind of problems and headaches you are allowing to create with this bullshit??? Stop bending over for the tiny percent of the population and people's itty bitty feelings!! Stick to the science and facts of the matter!! There are 2 genders!! And whatever your name is on your birth certificate or license is your name, period!!! Stop coddling these people and making the rest of us pay for it!!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

I'm now puking and so freaking glad I don't live in NJ. I did live there and watched Newark become a third world country in itself...Looks like the state has sunk further into the abyss...

lyalls
lyalls

So now the arresting officer can give his/her/its CHOSEN NAME, CHOSEN BADGE #, etc???? I love it! (Sarc)

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

This will go over about as well as the order we had in 1989 that we had to call anyone from Asia-Pacific "Oriental." Never mind if it was a 5-foot nothing Vietnamese dude, or a 6-foot, 400 pound Tongan or Samoan, they were all "Oriental." Made for just fabulous suspect descriptions.

We'll just call you "it."

Oldblue2
Oldblue2

So the cops get training on how to “properly” talk to the LBCD’s, who gonna give “them” training on how to talk to normal people

JG001
JG001

I was a police dispatcher and the favorite term among the officers was DIRT BAG aka Delta Bravo ............

larrysmile
larrysmile

I may be wrong but, I think it is incorrect to refer to Gurbir Grewal as a Muslim. He is a Sikh-American born of Indian parents. Sikhs are not Muslims. I have relatives in NJ and I know what crazy political-social policies dreamed up by the Democratic office holders of the state. Unless police/law enforcement officers have the safe time to run down a list of 'approved' questions of a suspect about what their gender, name, pronoun, and other identifications are people are going to be relegated to be addressed as "YOU."

Pat1978
Pat1978

Nope.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Just imagine. That's what he is worried about. At first blush it would seem he is out of touch with reality, except that is his reality. The reality of democratic control. The liberal agenda of ANTI First Amendment. They want to limit free speech and tell you what words you can and cannot use. Remind you of other countries?

ArmyOfOne
ArmyOfOne

I hope someone in NJ that gets hooked up takes this policy as far as possible. If your a guy tell the arresting officer you identify as a woman. Then when ur booked in and changed out you can change your mind and say nah I'm a guy now. Then repeat this process every hour so they keeping moving you around the jail and tell the COs to address their complaints to the AG.

Shoken7373
Shoken7373

I am really confused now. Lets say I get pulled over and do not have any identification on me, I can just tell the officer any name I want? I don't understand this. My legal name is say"Kenneth Smith" I am a Male, it says so on every Document that proves I am a citizen of the United States, eg, birth certificate, social security #, license to operate a vehicle, possess a gun ect.... But now if I feel the need to put on a bra and put on a dress my name went from Ken to Kendra! WTF

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

And just who pays for all of this? Why the good taxpayers of NJ! Why should they have to pay for hormone injections, be burdened with the extra costs of private jail cells and separate transportation? This is getting way out of hand and hinging on the ridiculous. Since when have we allowed the criminal population to dictate the rules to us? It’s prison not a vacation getaway! Why should the law abiding citizens have to pay for all this garbage?

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

"Non-binary and gender non-conforming suspects should be transported and housed “with arrestees of the gender that is safest for them, taking into account which gender that individual expresses to be safest for them,” the state attorney general wrote." < that won't end badly.... Just identify as a female and get housed with females.

Shuddastudiedlaw
Shuddastudiedlaw

A journey of 1K miles (kilometers) begins with order.

Shuddastudiedlaw
Shuddastudiedlaw

How can I see around an AG and not block #BlueLivesMatter. Clearly casinos are more sacred than beat walkers.