The Ontario Provincial Police is nixing a decades-old policy. The OPP is no longer releasing the gender of individuals charged with crimes, as well as the victims. The change in policy comes after a recent review of the police service’s procedures.\n"When we were reviewing our standard operating procedures, we realized we were including information that was not permissible for us to release," said Sgt. Carolle Dionne, the spokesperson for the Ontario Provincial Police, to CBC.\n"It doesn't matter if it was a male or a female who was an impaired driver or speeding down the highway, what matters is that we pulled them over and laid a charge,” she added.\nThe OPP will now be using the terms “the accused” or “the individual” to describe a suspect or other notable figure in their reports. However, in cases where gender is not apparent and further detail is needed, police will be using specifiers such as “appears to be a male” or “appears to be a female.”\nThe change will not affect the OPP’s release of important information such as the name, age, or hometown of an individual, CBC reports. Narcity has reached out to Sgt. Dionne for more information and we will update the story when we hear back.\nOther police services have yet to fall in line with the OPP’s forward-thinking change of policy. Both Toronto and London police services continue to release the genders of their suspects and victims. It’s worth noting that Ontario’s freedom of information does not prohibit the disclosure of gender.\nThe OPP’s decision to eliminate gender references is only the latest of its kind in Canada. The lyrics of the national anthem were officially changed last year from "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command" after a bill by the late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger was given royal assent on February 1, 2018.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.