Two police forces are slammed after refusing job applications from candidates who believe people cannot change biological sex
- Norfolk Constabulary told a woman enquiring about a job she was not suitable
- ‘Gender critical’ views were deemed below the behaviour expected in the force
- An officer who anonymously applied to 26 forces was also rejected for her views
Two police forces have been slammed after they refusing job applications from candidates who believe people cannot change biological sex.
A woman who enquired about a role at Norfolk Constabulary was told the job would not be suitable for her because of her ‘gender critical’ views.
Her application to another force in the southeast was unsuccessful after she made it clear she does not believe a person can physically transition to the opposite sex.
She was told her views would likely fail the behavioural competency test and her views did not constitute ‘the behaviours expected’ of a member of the force.
Two police forces in Norfolk Constabulary have been slammed after they refusing job applications from candidates who believe people cannot change biological sex [File photo]
Campaigners have criticised the police for deciding ‘which views are acceptable and which views are not’, reported The Telegraph.
It comes as a police officer of 16 years in her 30s anonymously emailed 26 forces that were advertising for future constables asking whether her ‘gender critical’ views would be a hindrance to her application.
She wrote: ‘I must point out that I am gender critical, which means that whilst I am firmly against abuse and discrimination to trans people, I do not believe you can change your biological sex.’
Of the 14 forces that responded, two suggested her application to a constable job would be unsuccessful, including one from her own employer in the southeast.
A police officer of 16 years in her 30s anonymously emailed 26 forces that were advertising for future constables asking whether her ‘gender critical’ views would be a hindrance to her application [File photo]
She responded: ‘I’m monumentally outraged that you couldn’t get a job doing what I do, and that my own job is in danger, because of what I believe – which is a belief that I think most people in this country hold.’
In response to Norfolk Police advising her views could not be upheld in the force, she said it would not mean that she would act with intolerance or abuse towards transgender people.
She suggested she knew several people who held gender critical views in the force and asked if their jobs would be safe hypothetically.
A recruitment adviser asked her to provide details of gender critical officers so they could be investigated.
Hertfordshire police called for public help after a victim was left traumatised by a late-night assault in Bishop’s Stortford in December [File photo]
Trans campaigner Debbie Hayton said the police ‘are there to uphold the law, not to decide which views are acceptable and which views are not’.
Norfolk Police said: ‘Our objective as a police force is to always ensure our officers and staff continue to police in a way that builds trust and confidence by providing a service that is inclusive and unbiased for all.’
It comes after Hertfordshire Police were criticised for putting political correctness ahead of public safety after issuing an appeal for witnesses following a sex attack.
The force failed to mention that the wanted man was wearing women’s clothing in the attack in Bishop’s Stortford in December.
Former police officer Harry Miller of the Fair Cop group, which combats police interference in free speech, said the force had displayed ‘favouritism towards one community’ and ‘fear of the trans lobby group’.