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Transsexual woman refused police training

Published söndag 2 november 2014 kl 13.12
Police officer is Robin's dream job. Photo: Mikael Eriksson/Sveriges Radio

The police college refused a woman a place because of their fears over her mental health - but an expert says this fear is groundless.

"I've never been treated as badly as I have been by the police recruitment process," says Robin to Swedish Radio's investigative Kaliber programme.

In September Robin - not her real name - had high marks and expected to get a place on the new term at Sweden's Police College.

But she was told they would not take her over fears about her mental health. She has had gender reassignment surgery and the police psychologist told her this meant she was at a risk of taking her own life.

Expert Cecilia Dhejne says to Swedish Radio this fear is based on old misapprehensions about transpeople.

Robin sued the Police College and they paid her SEK 22,000, but without admitting she had been discriminated against.

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