Treatment of transgender crime victims prompts Justice Department program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has launched a program to train local police to better respond to transgender crime victims.

It's an acknowledgment that transgender people are more often victims of violent crime, and they often don't report it. Some police departments have been criticized for not being sensitive enough to transgender crime victims.

Associate Attorney General Tony West says the training "is as necessary as it is overdue."

The program is being overseen by the department's Community Relations Service, which was established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The division has regional offices around the country that will offer the training to police departments.