Police HQ has adopted new gender neutral signage for its toilets to recognise the "diversity of visitors, staff and colleagues from around the island's communities".
The Police's LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans) Community Engagement Team said the move was "a positive step demonstrating gender recognition".
Inspector Tommy Hayden, Lead of the LGBT+ Community Engagement Group, commented: “Diversity is about recognising and celebrating individuality and tailoring our policing response accordingly.
"States of Jersey Police are committed to being an inclusive organisation and creating an environment where all staff and visitors to Police HQ feel comfortable when on the premises. This facility is a choice as not all toilet facilities have been designated with the new signs.”
Our first tweet as we join Twitter! Police HQ has new signage for gender neutral toilet facilities. A positive move recognising the diversity of visitors, staff and colleagues from around the Island communities. A positive step demonstrating gender recognition by SoJP #LGBT pic.twitter.com/avYOY7cXxU— States Of Jersey Police LGBT+ (@StatesLgbt) April 9, 2019
Some islanders questioned the design of the design and the symbols it includes, to which the group responded: "It was chosen by the LGBT+ lead specifically to try to encompass people who may not be able to read or have certain types of other impairment which may make it more difficult to identify the word ‘toilet’."
A minority of social media commenters disagreed with the sentiment behind the move, but the group maintained: "Diversity is about recognising and celebrating individuality and tailoring our service and responses accordingly so please do not let this cause disagreement with our page supporters; please try to see it as progress."
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