Transgender Cops: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality Expectations in Police Cultures, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transgender Cops

The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality Expectations in Police Cultures, 1st Edition

By Heather Panter


236 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Building on comparative research in the U.K. and the U.S.A., this is the first book focused specifically on transgender experiences within policing. It examines the issues faced by the transgender community within policing and explores how gender, and the non-conformity of it, is perceived within police cultures. Moreover, it provides an on-going critique of the queer criminology movement and why it is crucial to policing studies, emphasising the specific importance of transgender issues therein.

This empirical book provides qualitative data from American officers and English and Welsh constables on transgender police. The following research questions are addressed: What are the perceptions of cisgender officers towards transgender officers, and what are the consequences of these perceptions? What are the occupational experiences and perceptions of officers who identify as transgender within policing? Finally, what are the reported positive and negative administrative issues that transgender individuals face within policing? The author concludes by discussing the empirical, theoretical and policy contributions of this research and offers some final thoughts on policy recommendations and directions for future research.

A strong contribution to the literature in critical criminology and queer criminology, this book will also be of interest to those in the fields of gender studies, sociology, public administration, management studies and policing studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Current Failures in ‘Queer’ Criminology: Why Transgender Identities Should Be Included in LGBT+ Police Research

1. The Silent "T" in LGBT+ Police Studies

2. Previous Police Research on LGBT+ Identities

3. Gendered Divisions and Social Spaces within Policing

4. My Reflective Exploration into Police Culture

5. Comparative Research on the Intersection of Police Culture and Transgender Identities

6. "A man who cuts his penis off will never be a woman": Cisgender Police Perceptions of Transgender Officers

7. "We’re the ugly child of the LGBT world": Trans Police Occupational Experiences within Police Culture

8. "We don’t hire people because they are male or female … We are going to make this work": Transgender Perspectives of Administrative Issues

9. Research Contributions and Future Police Policy Recommendations

Appendix A: Sample Interview Schedule

Appendix B: Common Trans Terms


About the Author

Dr Heather Panter is a retired police detective with over 2,000 hours of police-specific training and a combined 13 years of American law enforcement experience with local and federal police agencies. Currently, she is a senior lecturer at Liverpool’s John Moore University where she is a programme leader in the BSc in Policing and Forensics and the program leader in the MSc in Policing and Criminal Investigations.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Crime, Diversity and Criminal Justice

The works in this series strive to generate new conceptual and theoretical frameworks to address the legal, organisational and normative responses to the challenges that diversity and intersectionality present to criminal justice systems. This series aims to present cutting edge empirically informed theoretical works from both new and established scholars around the world.

Drawing upon a range of disciplines including sociology, law, history, economics, anthropology, and social work, the series encourages different approaches to questions of mobility, social inequality, and exclusion with a cross-section of theorists, empiricists, and critical policy researchers. It will be key reading for scholars who are working in criminal justice, criminology, criminal law and human rights, as well as those in the fields of gender and LGBTI studies, migration studies, race and ethnic relations, social stratification, refugee studies and post-colonial studies.

We welcome book proposals that address any of these issues, or related topics, for an inclusive and interdisciplinary series. Please contact series co-editor, Patricia Faraldo Cabana ([email protected]) or Nancy Wonders ([email protected]) to discuss potential book projects. To submit a proposal, contact the Editor, Charlotte Endersby ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies