Sussex Police move to gender-neutral warrant cards

That’s so PC! Sussex Police to use gender-neutral warrant cards after force’s LGBT officers complained about having different ones for men and women

  • Male officers at Sussex police used to be given A or C at the start of their IDs
  • The force has switched to gender-neutral warrant cards following LGBT meeting
  • One retired detective chief superintendent called the move ‘nonsense’ 
  • Sussex Police have moved to gender-neutral warrant cards after the force’s LGB network complained having male and female ones was outdated.

    Critics fear the move will cause delays if female officers are needed for searches because IDs will have to be checked.  

    In Sussex male officers used to be given an A or C at the start of their IDs while women were given B or D.

    But now all recruits will receive EA at the start of their warrant numbers, with the next batch given EB.

    It comes after bosses held a meeting with the force’s LGBT network, according to the Sun.

    Sussex Police have moved to gender-neutral warrant cards after the force's LGB network complained having male and female ones was outdated (file image)

    Sussex Police have moved to gender-neutral warrant cards after the force’s LGB network complained having male and female ones was outdated (file image)

    One retired detective chief superintendent called the move ‘nonsense’.

    Kevin Moore added: ‘One reason to differentiate was because of gender-specific policing tasks.

    ‘If a female prisoner needed searching, you would need a female officer to do that.’

    Elsewhere, the change divided opinion as Adrian Rutherford, from Sussex Police’s People Services, said ‘there is no requirement to know an officer’s gender’.

    It comes just months after police officers called to break up an illegal lockdown party were left stunned when they discovered up to a dozen off-duty officers at the raucous bash.

    Police were called after reports of a party with loud music and up to 30 guests at a large house in Hove on May 15 just two days before lockdown restrictions were eased.

    Elsewhere, the change divided opinion as Adrian Rutherford, from Sussex Police's People Services, said 'there is no requirement to know an officer's gender'. Pictured, Sussex Police

    Elsewhere, the change divided opinion as Adrian Rutherford, from Sussex Police’s People Services, said ‘there is no requirement to know an officer’s gender’. Pictured, Sussex Police

    When the householder opened the door, officers from Sussex Police found several off-duty colleagues drinking and eating inside the property in contravention of Covid regulations.

    A source said up to 10 officers are thought to be involved causing ‘major embarrassment’ for the force.

    She said: ‘The party was quite a loud affair with music, alcohol and food and lots of guests having a great time.

    ‘The officers who responded must have got quite a shock when they opened the door only to discover the illegal party was packed with their colleagues who were on a day off.

    ‘To find that a load of serving police officers are being ‘Covidiots’ is a major embarrassment for the force, especially as they have been handing out these draconian £10,000 fines to Covid rule-breakers.’