Recently, Bruce / Caitlyn Jenner announced to the world that he was actually a she. And while I applaud Ms. Jenner for having the courage to “come out,” it got me thinking about how the transgendered community is treated by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) cops.
Everyday, hundreds of people are searched by the NYPD during traffic violations like Driving While Impaired (DWI) aka Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Cops of the same gender usually perform post arrest searches. But, what would happen if Caitlyn Jenner is arrested for a DWI / DUI in New York City while dressed as a woman and her ID says “Bruce – White – Male.” Would it be okay for a male officer to search Caitlyn Jenner after the arrest? Lets find out.
Typically, an NYPD officer of the same gender conducts post-arrest searches. But how would an NYPD officers determine Caitlyn’s “gender” after the arrest? Does Caitlyn / Bruce Jenner’s appearance define her gender? Would Caitlyn’s or Bruce’s anatomy define gender? Would Caitlyn or Bruce’s gender be defined by X and Y chromosomes?
In New York City (NYC), according to NYPD’s Official Patrol Guide – General Search Guidelines states, that if
An arrestee objects to the gender of the member assigned to perform the search [the supervisor will assign a] member of the gender requested by the arrestee consistent with officer safety and resource availability.” PG 208-05.
Therefore, if Caitlyn or Bruce Jenner is arrested for a DWI / DUI or any other crime in New York City, Caitlyn can request that a female search her and “under no circumstances” can an NYPD officer search Caitlyn Jenner, post arrest, in order to determine Caitlyn Jenner’s sex.
The following post was solely intended to educate the public at large. And while the NYPD rules and policies are completely authentic, the situation was 100% fictitious.