A transsexual PC has accused her force of discrimination after allegedly having to “out” herself over police radio.
Emma Chapman claims Essex Police failed to do enough to help officers understand transgender issues.
She also alleges the force did not do enough to investigate three incidents involving her transsexual status, the Telegraph reports.
Essex Police denies the allegations, which are currently being considered by an employment tribunal.
PC Chapman, 44, underwent gender reassignment in 1999 and is thought to be the only transgender officer in Essex Police.
Documents seen by the BBC say her claim centres on three separate incidents when she had to speak to the police force’s control room.
During the first incident, in October 2012, she claims the operator did not believe she was who she said she was, because she had a “male voice.”
She said the incident left her feeling embarrassed and claims Essex Police failed to carry out a proper investigation.
The control room allegedly also questioned her identity in the second incident in June 2013.
The incident, she said, left her feeling “hesitant” to use the radio – despite it being a “lifeline” for officers.
Her legal action is being backed by the Police Federation.
PC Chapman wants compensation and a declaration of discrimination.
She has also called for Essex Police to improve the way it deals with transgender issues.
Essex Police said it “disagreed” with her claims and is contesting the case, at the East London Tribunal Court, according to the Telegraph.
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