POLICE are instructed to use gender neutral terms rather than calling people sir or ma’am.
train for LGBT+ Support officials advise them to “avoid making assumptions about a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Instead, they should say “you,” “everyone,” and “everyone,” so as not to offend.
In another exercise, officers are asked to talk about partners without using “gendered terminology such as husband, wife, he or she.”
Ex-officer Harry Miller of the Fair Cop free speech campaign group said it was “completely irrelevant to catching criminals”.
Tory leader Oliver Dowden said police should focus on fighting crime and “waste no time conditioning officers who show a basic courtesy to the people they serve”.
There are reportedly LGBT+ support officers in 43 armed forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Hertfordshire Constabulary said 26 of its officers completed the training with Bedfordshire counterparts in December.
Insp Steve Alison, Chair of Herts Police LGBT+ Network, said: “This work is so important; Nobody should feel unsafe because of their sexuality or gender identity.”
The force said: “Encouraging small-scale actions by our liaison officers can go a long way in gaining community trust.”
“Ladies” forbidden in Lords
The term “ladies and gentlemen” was banned in the Lords.
The House’s comprehensive phrasebook tells its 800 members and 650 employees to say “everyone,” “folk,” and “colleagues” instead.
“Man-made” should be “synthetic” or “artificial” and replace “manpower” with “manpower” and “staffing”.
Historian Andrew Roberts said: “It is sad and pathetic that such ultra-wokery should have spread to the Lords.
“Why isn’t it renamed the House of Lords, Ladies and Self-identifying Transsexual Peers?”
A Lords spokesman said: “Parliament strives to be an inclusive workplace where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to the table.”
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