I was more surprised that Scotland did not have any transgender officers, when reading that Jan Hamilton formally Army Captain Ian Hamilton is reputably joining a Scottish police force. Is this meant to be a copper shocker story?
This blog as regular readers are aware has always supported the recruitment of ex military personnel into our profession. Jan Hamilton would appear to bring with her considerable experience and skills. I've worked with trans-gender officers and quite frankly they are treated exactly the same as everybody else, and are judged on their ability to do the job. As long as Jan Hamilton has a sense of humour and is a good team member then good luck to her. I just hope she is not subject to some kind of political correct tokenism.
You've got to have grudging respect for somebody who puts themselves through gender realignment surgery and then elects to subject themselves to the great British public on a Friday night after closing time. Of course Jan used to be a paratrooper so I'm sure can handle herself.
My first contact with the paras was on my first foray into town having just started basic army training. A small figure wearing desert boots and green bomber jacket approached down the street with a case of beer carried on each shoulder. He stopped and looked at me saying "Oi crap hat want a fight?" Oh happy days - they are indeed different people those paras.