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Detective honoured at awards.

A DETECTIVE from West Midlands Police has been commended for helping to change the way transgendered people are treated by police.

For the past five years DC Al Smith has campaigned for changes to laws and police policies in order to ensure people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned with at birth are treated with dignity and respect.

Al was honoured in the role model category at the 2013 National Diversity Awards in Leeds.

The awards celebrated the achievements of grass-roots communities that tackle diversity issues in society.

Thanks to DC Smith's efforts, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) codes of practice now ensure transgendered detainees are treated as the gender they identify with rather than the gender they were born into. The 41-year-old said: "I am both honoured and humbled to be a runner up in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Positive Role Model category.

"While I recognise myself as someone who is positive about being LGBT, I'm not sure I'd recognise myself as a 'role model' who's different from any other LGBT person who is out at work and showing quiet, authentic leadership by being true to who we are."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 26, 2013
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