Women in Policing

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Women in Policing
History, duties, and leadership roles

Melissa Carpenter
Genesee Community College

Author Note
This paper was prepared for Administration in Criminal Justice 205, Section 99, taught by Professor Bushen

Abstract: The journey of women in policing and police leadership has been long and strewn with obstacles and issues. The aim of this paper is to examine and discuss women in the policing. This paper will attempt to discuss the struggles and problems women face when taking a leadership role. This paper will give a brief history of the roles women played when first being introduced into the criminal justice system along with the roles they obtain now.

When thinking of people in the criminal justice field especially that of police officers, chief of police, prosecutor, etc. many people often picture men in those positions. For many decades the criminal justice system was a male-dominated field and although men still hold a majority of these positions, more women are stepping up and taking initiative to lead in these areas. “In most cultures across the globe, males hold more power and privilege—both publicly and privately—than females. Men control more of the wealth, hold the highest position in government and industry, control the military, make more scientific and scholarly discoveries, and are more prominent in sports and entertainment than women” (Goodstein). This paper will discuss the roles of women in the criminal justice system and will attempt to explain their struggles along with them entering into a leadership role. Throughout America history and policing history in general, the number of women employed in policing has been low. Women have performed various duties since the 1800s. such as spies, agents, detectives, and undercover agents, etc. for governmental and military intelligence organizations and for…...

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