Women in Law Enforcement Careers

Women in Law Enforcement Careers : A Guide for Preparing and Succeeding

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For courses in Women's Issues in Policing. A unique and valuable resource for women who are interested in careers in law enforcement, this text addresses-in a straightforward, no-nonsense fashion-the types of issues, problems and challenges faced by women seeking to enter the often daunting and veiled world of policing. The text incorporates information from interviews with more than 100 female law enforcement officers across the United States who share their trials, tribulations and successes.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 172.7 x 228.6 x 10.2mm | 272.16g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0131191292
  • 9780131191297

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"This book is unique in that it offers an insightful (and unprecedented) view of women in law enforcement. I believe that this book is one of a kind in this regard." - Alejandro del Carmen, University of Texas-Arlington "I think that the subject matter of this manuscript is very timely because so many women are entering professional fields that have been dominated by men in the past. A Lot of time and effort have been put into this research." - Corrine Koepf, Regional Community Policing Center, University at Buffalo, NYshow more

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Vivian Lord and Ken Peak have combined their 60 years of policing and academic experience to write the definitive book for women of all ages interested in entering the often daunting, veiled world of policing. In a blunt, no-nonsense fashion, Lord and Peak comprehensively address the issues facing women eager to cross the thin blue line into this traditionally male-oriented occupation. How can women prepare for the selection process? What are the variety of jobs available to women in the policing world? How do women deal with the challenges of male prejudice? How does the general public react to female officers? How does policing affect their personal relationships? What are the unique issues of female officers of color? Lord and Peak first pulled together a plethora of varied and scattered studies that evaluate and analyze the role of women in policing. Then, to bring a human voice and conscience to those studies, the authors interviewed more than 50 veteran street officers, investigators, supervisors, and police chiefs who are in law enforcement, to answer many of the questions women might have about working in the law enforcement community.show more

Table of contents

About the Authors. Introduction By Roslyn Muraskin - Series Editor. Foreword, by Margaret M. Moore, Director, National Center for Women and Policing. Introduction. PART I. 1. Laying the Foundation: An Overview of Law Enforcement. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The Department of Homeland Defense. The Department of Justice. State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. Organizational Structures. The Police Role. Four Primary Duties. Use of Discretion. Patrol Work as a Function of Shift Assignment. Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. A "Sweep" of the Nation. The S.A.R.A. Problem Solving Process. Constitutional Limitations Placed On Officers. Free Speech. Searches and Seizures. Self-incrimination. Religious Practices. Sexual Misconduct. Residency Requirements. Moonlighting. Misuse of Firearms. Occupational Stress. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. 2. Women Enter Law Enforcement: A Historical Overview. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. In the Beginning: Prior to 1920. A Surge of Reform: The 1920s. The "Depression Stage": 1930-1949. 1950-1970: Slow Growth, Greater Diversity in Assignments. The 1970s and 1980s. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. 3. Help From On High: Legislative Enactments and Court Decisions. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Entering the Industrial Workforce. Combating Job Discrimination: Legal and Legislative Developments. Sex and Race Discrimination. Sexual Harassment. Family Care and Well-Being. Comparable Worth. Civil Rights Act of 1991. Positive Discrimination. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. 4. Women Who Serve Today: A Profile. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Female Representation in Local Police Agencies. Doing It All: Types of Assignments. Representation By Agency Size. Types of Agencies and Positions. Representation in Positions of Leadership. Making It to the Top: Women Police Chiefs. Women Officers' Ranks in Small and Large Agencies. Difference in Leadership Styles and Seeking Advancement. Personal Characteristics. Race. Education. Previous Work Experience. Family and Marital Background. Responsibilities at Home. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. PART II. 5. Measuring Up: Performance and Perceptions of Female Officers. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Early Research Concerning Women Officers' Performance. Methods of Call Handling. Measuring Up With the Men. A More Contemporary View: Women and Community Policing. Attitudes Toward Female Officers. Male Officers' Perceptions. Possible Explanations. Citizens' Perceptions. Female Views on Being Accepted. Female Officers' Self-Perceptions. Coping and Adapting. Issues Concerning Female Officers of Color. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. 6. Gaining Entry: The Hiring Process. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Assessing Oneself. Needed: A Realistic View of the Police Role. What Do I Want From a Career? Preparation: Some Preliminary Considerations. Mobility. Age. Related Experience. Education. Resume Preparation. "Negotiating Hurdles": The Hiring Process. Application Forms. Written Examination. Physical Fitness/Agility Testing. Oral Interview. The Conditional Offer. The Background Investigation. Psychological Evaluation. Polygraph Examination. Drug Testing. Medical Examination. Formal Entry Into Policing: Academy Training. A Major Point In One's Career. Some Challenges for Women. The Field Training Phase. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. PART III. 7. Experiences of Women Veterans. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Women Officers Speak. Factors Influencing the Decision to Enter Law Enforcement. Background Characteristics Leading to This Career Choice: Five Emerging Themes. A Law Enforcement Family. A Military Family. Independence. Participating in Sports. A Dysfunctional Family. Primary Concerns About Becoming a Police Officer. Safety. Physical Training. One's Own Abilities. Anticipated Treatment as a Female Officer. Family Support. Racial Considerations. Feeling Accepted. Proof of Self. Community Policing Orientation. Impact of the Police Subculture. Agency Culture. Female Police Culture. The Culture of Female Officers of Color. Dealing With Discrimination and Harassment. General Advice to New Women Officers. Counsel From Women Law Enforcement Executives. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. 8. Selected Case Studies: Those Who Wear the Badge and Do the Work. Introduction. Local and State Law Enforcement Officers. Federal Agents. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. PART IV. 9. Future Challenges. Key Chapter Terms. Introduction. Change Coming to America. A Demographic Shift. Crime and Violence. Homeland Defense. Major Issues for Women in Law Enforcement. Changes in Selection, Training, and Performance Criteria. The Role of Community Policing. Women in Leadership Roles. Need for Diversity. Family Care. Summary. Reader Learning Outcomes. Notes. Appendix I. Sample Resume. Appendix II. Successful Strategies for Recruitment Women: Tales of Six Cities. Appendix III. An Example of Community Policing and Problem Solving. Appendix IV. Selected Police-Related Web Sites.show more