Title

Beyond race: Female officers and violent police encounters

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2017

Subject Area

ARRAY(0x5561e5e998e8)

Abstract

The current tense climate between minority communities and police is troubling. Race matters, but, given the fact that most shootings involve male officers and male citizens, an examination of the role of gender in policing is appropriate. The impact of female police officers in this setting bears serious examination. A serious examination should include a top-to-bottom review by police administrators of their departments' recruiting, hiring, training, assignment, and promotion protocols of female officers and executives. Structural efforts that promote diversity and greater numbers of female officers will play a role in defusing violent police street encounters, reducing incidents of deadly force against citizens, and reducing the number of excessive force complaints.

Publication Title

Violence and Gender

Volume

4

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

4

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1089/vio.2016.0018

ISSN

23267836

E-ISSN

23267852

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