Transgender British Police Constables Now On The Beat

Published on 7 December 2020 by Kirsty

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I’ve been surrounded by a gang of burglars armed with baseball bats and hammers.

PC Morden pictured with his new WPC bowler hat.

A British police officer has revealed he is transgender and is now identifying as a woman after nearly two decades on the force.  

West Midlands Police officer Mr Morden said he always knew he was transgender but ‘kept it a secret for years.’ 

The 44-year-old has now come out as a woman after splitting from his wife. 

It remains unclear whether PC Morden carries out frontline duties or is based solely in the Taser training team.

According to guidance issued by the Association of Chief of Police Officers (which has since been replaced by the National Police Chiefs Council), any officer with a gender recognition certificate can carry out searches on an individual whose gender matches that now recorded for the officer.

PC Morden added: ‘I have always known I was transgender, even before I knew there was a word for it.

‘But I kept it a secret for decades – I never knew how to come out to friends, family and colleagues.

‘I’ve been one of 14 officers holding a police line against an angry mob of more than 1,000 people.

‘And I’ve been surrounded by a gang of burglars armed with baseball bats and hammers.

‘But none of that is as terrifying as walking out as a transgender woman in front of 30 police officers on a tactical training course that I’ve never met before.

‘We’re undoubtedly in a more tolerant era now than 10 or 20 years ago – that’s what held me back from coming out earlier – but it’s still scary.’

Pc Morden joined West Midlands Police in 2001 and was one of the first officers in the force to be trained with an X26 Taser. 

Pc Morden, who is currently a Taser trainer at the Midlands Region Tactical Training centre in Albrighton, is now working to help other transgender officers feel comfortable and accepted at work.