Essay about Women Police Officers
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Women Today Are Under-represented In The Police Force
Alice Stebbins Wells was the first female police officer hired by the Los Angeles police department in 1910 (Walker & Katz, 2005). In the early years of women police officers women were hired as social workers for juveniles, as matrons, dispatchers, and to help guard female inmates.
Law enforcement as a career has been increasingly more popular for women in recent years; however, the numbers have not increased greatly. In 2001, women accounted for only 12.7% of all sworn law enforcement positions in large agencies (with 100 or more sworn personnel) a figure that is less than four percentage points higher than in 1990, when women comprised 9% of sworn officers. These figures…show more content…
It is a fact that women officers make less arrest than men officers however, the arrest made by female officers tend to hold up better in court that male officers (Koenig, 1978).
Female officers do not appear to call in for support or assistance any more than their male counterparts. Yet they have been found to be as capable as male officers in dealing with violent or angry situations (Grennan, 1987). Evidence shows that because their appearance is less dangerous women officers have an advantage in dangerous situations (Sherman, 1975) resulting in avoiding injury to all parties involved (Grennan, 1987).
The acceptance of women on patrol seems to have been embraced better by the public than by male officers Koenig, 1978). Female officers have reported feelings of isolation and perceived hostilities from co-workers and have been suggested as potential problems (Wexler & Logan, 1983).
Female officers are exposed to the same environmental stressors as male police officers, but are not viewed as competent and may experience role conflict and job uncertainty. Both male and female officers report the same work related stresses however; women identified danger as a major stressor more often than men (Davis, 1984). Pendergrass and Ostrove (1984)
Women Police and Discrimination Essay
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Women Police and Discrimination
When we as individuals in America think of "freedom" as a whole, most of us assume that we have come a long way since a gap of equality between men and women. And because we have come a long way, many people make the assumption that there is no inequality left in the United States, and women have the same opportunities as men. Yes, we have come a long way, but women are nowhere near equal to men. There are many aspects in life that this is regarded to, ranging from politics, gender roles, marriage, and society as a whole. When children are asked what they want to be when they grow up, little boys are expected to respond with a fireman, policeman, or something along the manly career, while we…show more content…
The Role of Women in Law Enforcement in 1995. In this book, Heidensohn concentrates on comparing the points of view of women in policing in the United States, compared to those in Britain. She made it a point to show the reading audience how important it is to have a positive view of having women in the police force, as well as implied that we should look at Britain as a role model. As she says, ."..as compared with British policing: optimism. Almost everywhere I went, there was a great deal of confidence about women's role in policing." She continues to explain how, although slowly changing, it is necessary for us as Americans to increase our acceptance of women police. The longer we wait to do something about this problem, the longer it is going to last. Frances Heidensohn also questions the thought of women in control. The title of her book has a question mark because, as she explains, "The title of this book is a question. It was with this question and related ones in mind that I first began this project. Were women now more involved in social control? If they were did this make a difference either to them or to the agencies which employed them?" As she illustrates, it is hard to configure whether or not women are in control today. If there needs to be a question asked, then the probability is most likely an answer with "no." If women were in control, there would not be any hesitation to answer the question, which is what Heidensohn is