Both male and female identifications has been issued to a British police officer and she is now Scotland Yard’s first bi-gender recruit.
An internal message was given to Metropolitan Police’s 43,607 police and civilian staff last week in which the move was announced. The message was part of a project titled ‘Bring Your Whole Self to Work’.
The officer has been named only as Callum, or Abi if using a female identity.
“The first time I walked into a Met building as Abi, I was hyperventilating so much I almost passed out. I’ve done it a handful of times since and felt so happy that I got to be me at work, the officer was quoted as saying by the Sun newspaper.
“Abi is a part of me that exists and I want that part to be recognised and validated. But I’m still me. I’m still the same person whether I’m presenting as Callum or Abi. It’s the same dice. You’re just looking at a different number,” the officer said.
Two warrant cards has been issued to the officer one in a male name and the other in a female name and according to Met it will be left to the officer. The officer has been given two sets of uniforms to decide whether to report for work in male dress or in female dress.
The officer wished to be identified as bi-gender according to Scotland Yard. Bi-gender means a person who holds two gender identities.
It is different from transgender, when a person transitions from male to female or vice versa, sometimes involving surgery.
Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa, the Met Police’s head of inclusion and diversity, said: “This project focuses on one aspect of our diverse workforce, but it’s just one of the steps we’re taking to make the Met a more inclusive organisation.”
“We want to get to a place where all officers and staff can bring their whole self to work, whatever their personal background. The diversity of the Met is one of its strengths and we are committed to being a supportive employer that celebrates difference within our workforce.”