It’s been a bit of a while since we heard any news on Jan Hamilton.Â Hamilton, whose doings frequently appeared on this blog when I was posting on a regular basis, is famous for being tagged Britain’s “sex-swap paratrooper” and for her lawsuit against the Ministry of Defence.Â Today, the Daily Mail is reporting that Hamilton, who is now calling herself Abigail Austin, will become Scotland’s first trans police officer …
A paratrooper who underwent a sex-change operation has been accepted by the police as a trainee woman constable.
Jan Hamilton, formerly Captain Ian Hamilton, quit the Army in 2007 after 20 yearsâ€™ decorated service and embarked on a full gender reassignment programme.
Now living in Glasgow, she has been accepted by Strathclyde Police to begin two yearsâ€™ probationary training, making her Scotlandâ€™s first transgender police officer.
A source said that Miss Hamilton, 44, had â€˜sailed throughâ€™ the initial six-month selection process: â€˜Jan Hamilton scored highly in the written tests and had no problem with the fitness tests.
‘She completed the mile-and-a-half run in about 11 minutes, even though women are allowed to take up to 16.â€™
The source added that senior officers had given their full backing to her application.
The fact that Miss Hamilton was born a man will have no bearing on the way that she is expected to operate because she is legally recognised as a woman.
For example, she will only be able to search other women, in line with police guidelines.
She will also wear the uniform of a Strathclyde Police woman constable, including the reinforced bowler hat.
It is understood that Miss Hamilton will be working in Maryhill, one of Glasgowâ€™s most dangerous areas and the setting for gritty television detective programme Taggart.
Over the next two years Miss Hamilton, who will earn the standard starting salary of Â£21,000, will study and train at Strathclyde Policeâ€™s Training and Recruitment Centre at Jackton, East Kilbride, and at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan, Fife, as well as working as a beat officer in Glasgow.
In 2007 Miss Hamilton, as Britainâ€™s first transsexual paratrooper, took the Army to an industrial tribunal on grounds of sex discrimination for its refusal to acknowledge her legally enforced female status.
She won her case and later received a written apology. Since then she has undergone a remarkable physical transformation.
As Captain Ian Hamilton she weighed 16 stone, boasted of having 14in biceps and was deployed on long-term engagements with the elite Parachute Regiment in Kenya, Oman, Kuwait, Cyprus, Germany and Bosnia.
As Jan Hamilton she still stands at a manly 6ft but says she is five stone lighter, has a feminine figure thanks to hormone therapy, and says she is a size 12.
Miss Hamilton is not the first transgender police officer in the UK. In 2001 North Yorkshire Police said that, after 26 years in the force, Sergeant Chris Lamb had decided to live as a woman and would henceforth be known as Sergeant Nicola Lamb.
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said: â€˜We cannot confirm or deny any information that constitutes personal information. The Force actively promotes itself as an employer to all sections of the public.â€™