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What can be done to stop the declining numbers of women in law enforcement? If information is power, then Women Police:
Portraits of Success could well reverse that trend. Author Patricia Lunneborg traveled from Anchorage to Brooklyn and points in
between to conduct in-depth interviews with over 50 women officers, from small-town sergeant to the head of the Alaska State
What drew them to the job in the first place?
What keeps them on the job?
What are their daily challenges and satisfactions?
How do they balance work and family?
What are their ideas for improving all aspects of the system--recruiting, training, retention, and promotion?
Portraits is a powerful recruitment tool, an essential primer for women thinking about a job in law enforcement. The book also
serves the general public seeking answers to what the job is really like, career counselors, police recruiters, and law enforcement
agencies at city, state, and federal levels trying to attract more women to protect and serve.
Written in a direct, personal style, this unique book belongs on library shelves in Career Counseling, Women's Studies, Society
and Justice, Sociology. Where else can a woman learn if the police service is for her and the general public find out what the job is
While traditional policing celebrated male officers as masculine crime fighters who were tough, aloof, and physically intimidating,
policewomen were characterized as too soft and emotional for patrol assignments and were relegated to roles focusing on children,
other women, or clerical tasks. With the advent of community policing, women's perceived skills are finally finding a legitimate
place in police work, and law enforcement structures now encourage such previously undervalued feminine traits as trust,
cooperation, compassion, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution.
In this illuminating study of gender and community policing, Susan L. Miller draws on a combination of survey data, forthright
interviews with a diverse mix of police officers, and extensive fieldwork conducted in a midwestern city where community policing
has been practiced for over a decade. She describes the differences and similarities in policing styles of male and female officers,
considers the relationships that develop between neighborhood police on foot and patrol officers in squad cars, and explores the
interactions between neighborhood officers and community members.
Miller confronts such questions as how police reconcile incompatible images of masculinity and femininity; how actions of
neighborhood police officers compare with those of traditional rapid response patrol officers; how community police cope with
resistance from the rank and file; and how gender and gender-role expectations shape police activities and the evaluation of new
Gender and Community Policing provides both a feminist framework for community policing and a fresh examination of how race,
gender, and sexual orientation affect police image, identity, and methods.
Women's Police Stations examines the changing and complex relationship between women and the state, and the construction of
gendered citizenship. These are police stations run exclusively by police women for women with the authority to investigate crimes
against women, such as domestic violence, assault, and rape. São Paulo was the home of the first such police station, and there are
now more than 300 women's police stations throughout Brazil. Cecilia MacDowell Santos examines the importance of this
phenomenon in book form for the first time, looking at the dynamics of the relationship between women and the state as a
consequence of a political regime as well as other factors, and exploring the notion of gendered citizenship.
From Publishers Weekly
In her fast-paced "as-told-to" autobiography, former NYPD detective Burke offers an insider's view of the life of a female
undercover drug cop working in a field in which women were rarely treated as equals. Burke applied to become an officer in 1968
and soon found her niche working under cover. Adopting the persona of the "jive-talking" Marie Martin, Burke realized that,
despite her by-the-books morality, she was adept at blending in with dealers and crooks. Beginning like an action film—Burke in
an alley with a gun to her head—the book recounts stories of undercover drug buys and tough-talking police station politics. The
narrative works its way up to Burke's involvement in a controversial 1986 shooting that left her irreparably injured and her
partner dead outside a Queens diner. After three bungled trials, the U.S. Court of Appeals threw out the murder and attempted
murder charges, leaving the mobsters Burke accused of pulling the trigger with short sentences for lesser crimes. While readers
may be frustrated by lackluster prose and a lack of answers to questions about the trial, Burke's book, which is packed with action
and suspense, tells an inspiring story of a woman who beat the odds more than once. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
In her thirteen years as special agent for the FBI, Rosemary Dew worked undercover against criminals, spies, and terrorists,
earning eight commendations for her service. Despite her achievements, for her entire tenure she remained the subject of severe
discrimination and even sexual harassment that the bureau seemed to condone rather than condemn. In elegant and deeply felt
prose, Dew argues that this climate of corruption and duplicity not only taints the experience of the FBI's few female agents but
also leads directly to some of the bureau's most harmful failures, such as the remarkable intelligence breakdown that allowed spy
Robert Hanssen to operate undetected for more than two decades. Narrated by one of the most successful- and one of the
only-women in the bureau's history, No Backup is a startling look at the destructive and discriminatory culture that dominates one
of America's most powerful agencies, as well as an impassioned plea to an organization that must reform itself.
Drawing from empirical research and years of practical experience, this new text provides guidance on how to investigate sexual
harassment in policing & firefighting. Written for practitioners by professionals in the field of law enforcement & victim
advocacy, this text takes a conversational tone through the investigative processes of sexual harassment complaints. With sexual
harassment law often changing, this text gives a current look at timely topics. The text addresses a wide range of issues including
proactive measures like prevention and training, retaining a positive tone on issues of sensitive nature.
Janet Napolitano, Attorney General, State of Arizona
...Marion Gold provides an indispensable resource for both scholars and members of the law enforcement community...about
women in law enforcement, particularly those of us in leadership positions.
Governor George Pataki, New York
The remarkable strides that women have made in law enforcement are good not only for law enforcement but for America as well.
Their stories serve as an inspiration to young women across America who have every right to believe they can pursue any career
and rise to any challenge....
Dorothy Moses Schulz, Police Historian and Associate Professor, John Jay College, New York. Author of From Social Worker to
Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing
"Penny Harrington is one of only a handful of people who can claim to have changed American policing forever...Penny's fight
against prejudice and discrimination is must reading....Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
"Penny Harrington not only smashed the glass ceiling but ...after a successful career...took on the daunting task of...improving
police response to domestic violence and reducing police brutality. Penny illustrates how one woman's spirit can triumph over the
toughest of 'ole' boys clubs."
Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman
From Publishers Weekly
Gallo's streetwise memoir--her first book--of policing Chicago's roughest neighborhoods blends equal parts humor and regret. A
Chicago cop's daughter, Gallo completed a master's and began a career in psychology, but Reagan-era cutbacks directed her onto
her father's path. Intending to work as a police therapist, she was instead unceremoniously assigned to the patrol division and
became both a decorated officer and something of a trailblazer as one of the first women to receive high-risk tactical assignments.
Gallo astutely considers the female cop's unique circumstances: male partners deride her femininity yet capitalize on it during
domestic calls; romances with civilians seem doomed. The elusive "feminine" qualities, feared by old-boy police officials, benefited
her performance, while the misery of the streets apparently took a greater psychic toll than on her male counterparts. Gallo's
fresh perspective counters typical TV images of cops, as she describes the experiences of "[t]hose who muddle along... trying to do
the right thing." She gives devastatingly effective accounts of relations between "brother" officers and of trying to avoid being
perceived as a "bimbo with a badge" or a "dog cop" (lazy or irredeemably greedy). Weaker moments occur in the melodramatic
re-created crime-scene dialogues. Gallo is at her best when straightforwardly detailing the earthy minutiae of "cop life" or casting
about for the emotional costs of being both witness and enforcer amidst the violence of the inner city. (Mar.)Forecast: Given the
preponderance of TV shows and movies about the police and the scarcity of unadorned every-cop accounts, Gallo's book could
appeal to a broad readership if prominently displayed in stores (the guns on its cover will be a draw). Author appearances at
Chicago-area bookstores and police-related community events will garner regional interest.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Readers may well find themselves looking nervously over their shoulders after finishing this memoir by Candice DeLong, who met
a lot of Hannibal Lecter's soul mates during her 20 years as an FBI agent. An early practitioner of profiling, the analysis of crime
data for what it reveals about the perpetrator, DeLong handled such ugly cases that she and her partner at one point were known
as "the Gruesome Twosome." Her arrests included child molesters, rapists, and serial killers; among the book's useful features
are her tips on what to do if you or your child is attacked. (Yell "Fire!" rather than "Help!" she advises; it attracts more
attention.) Not that human nature's darker side was a surprise to DeLong, who came to the FBI from a job as head nurse in a
maximum security psychiatric ward, where a violent paranoid schizophrenic crooned at her, "You better pray I never get out of
these [restraints]. I could cut your head off. Or do you want me to tear your heart out?" The frank, conversational text ably
captures the forceful personality of a female pioneer. The bureau had only been accepting women for eight years when DeLong
joined in 1980, and her training at Quantico included brutal harassment by instructors determined to "wash out" any female
applicant. Yet she had the toughness to survive and the good sense to know when to ignore her male colleagues' barbed jokes and
when to kid them right back. Ultimately, she made friends and got ahead. As well as chronicling a stream of fascinating (and often
deeply disturbing) high-profile cases such as the Unabomber, DeLong's narrative portrays a changing FBI, now valuing the special
perspective contributed by female and African American agents it once scorned. --Wendy Smith
An overview of the history of women in policing accompanies the results from interviews with 40 male and 40 female police officers
on their reasons for entering policing, their perceptions on the training they received, and their opinions on the pros and cons of
police work. Officers' first-person stories shed light on the impact of their career choice on their social lives, and on their
responses to typical situations on the beat. Parsons teaches criminal justice at California State University-San Bernardino, and was
a full-time police officer before entering academia. Jesilow teaches in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the
University of California-Irvine.
How far have women progressed in the "unfeminine" career of policing? How far do they want to go? How far will their male
colleagues and the public let them? Women in Control? breaks new ground by discussing the role of women in relation to
controlling crime and disorder. Women have struggled
to gain influence in policing, progressing only slowly until the 1970s, when equal opportunities legislation brought integration and
some measure of success. Based on a series of interviews with British and U.S. officers, this work examines their experiences in
dealing with crime, vice, and everyday
incidents--including hostility and harassment by their male colleagues. It highlights the role of women in law enforcement in Great
Britain and the United States and the importance of gender in social control.
It is often said that a woman must do a job twice as well as a man in order to get half the credit. This is particularly true of women
in law enforcement. Women have been involved in various forms of policing for the last 100 years, but it wasn't until the Equal
Employment Act of 1970 that women could move from the job of meter maids to patrol and detective work. Yet less than 1% of all
top-level cops are women, and there remain significant obstacles in the career paths of women in the force. This book looks at the
history of women police officers and provides first-hand accounts of women at every level, including those who drop out. It
addresses discrimination, competition, lack of mentoring, differential treatment and sexual harrassment, examining what issues
play into the decision to stick it out or leave that many policewomen face. It also considers the family issues these women return
home to at the end of the day.
This book is about women at work, specifically in the very demanding and often dangerous occupation of law enforcement. While
there are many justifiable, significant hurdles to be negotiated by people of both genders seeking employment in this occupation,
this book takes the reader through the challenges as they more specifically confront females. During the past 30 years, the
proportion of women serving as sworn law enforcement personnel has been growing, as several formal and often subjective
barriers to hiring women have been modified or eliminated. Job discrimination lawsuits further expanded their opportunities;
however, women remain overwhelmingly employed in the lowest tier of sworn police positions and in the proportion of women
holding top command positions (captain and higher). Obviously, women still have a long distance to travel in order to reach parity
with men in this occupation. First and foremost, police executives must see the value of utilizing women and vigorously recruit,
hire, and retain them. Furthermore, as the community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) strategy continues to
expand across the nation and the world, we believe that female officers can play an increasingly vital role in it. Indeed, many
experts in the field believe the verbal skills that many women possess can help to usher in a "kinder, gentler organization." The
authors feel that this book serves as a unique and valuable resource for Momen who are interested in entering the often daunting
and veiled world of policing.
Constituting fewer than 15% of the nation's police officers, women have found it especially difficult to rise through the ranks and
achieve higher posts. Here, those few women who have made it to the top--about 1% of the chiefs and sheriffs in American
policing--share their stories and describe the challenges they faced as they rose to their positions. Each of the chiefs competed for
their offices with other candidates, almost always male. The sheriffs--virtually all elected officials--faced other challenges and
came under even closer scrutiny. While few in number, these "top cops" illustrate the emergence of women as more than token
leaders of American sheriff and police departments. They are unique groundbreakers who have managed to breach the brass
What's it like to be a female cop? Stripped of the television stereotypes and politically correct whitewashing, this is the
on-the-record in their own names accounting from three generations of female officers. Black, white, lesbian, straight, feminist,
married, single. The only thing they have in common is the badge and gun.
About the Author
Adam Eisenberg: Adam Eisenberg is the Commissioner of Seattle Municipal Court in Seattle, Washington, where he presides over
criminal and traffic court matters. Before taking the bench, he was a criminal prosecutor, a civil trial attorney, an advocate on
mental health and domestic violence issues, and a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist.
History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives, and State Troopers
From Publishers Weekly
In his informative but dry overview, television producer Duffin examines nearly two centuries of pioneering women struggling
against widespread discrimination in law enforcement. The first women in the field, in the 1840s, served only as prison matrons,
tending to the needs of female prisoners and juvenile delinquents. Duffin describes the police matron as a mother figure with a
badge, who, even working outside prisons well into the 20th century, was primarily in charge of enforcing moral standards, and
straightening out runaways and youth offenders. Many early female officers weren't issued uniforms, let alone weapons,
reinforcing the idea that they were enforcers of propriety more than of law. The year 1968 marked a breakthrough: in
Indianapolis, the first two female officers patrolled a regular beat together rather than being paired with men, and in 1985 Penny
Harrington became the country's first female chief of police in Portland, Ore. Duffin's eagerness to impart as much knowledge as
possible often reduces his style to the steady recitation of facts. Cramming too many names, dates, and ranks into the dense
narrative doesn't do enough justice to his subjects. Photos. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Allan Duffin is a freelance writer and television/multimedia producer. He has over 50 magazine and newspaper articles to his credit
and is currently featured in Air&Space/Smithsonian, DramaBiz, Restaurant, Leatherneck, Flight Journal, AirForces Monthly, and
Military Heritage, among others. For television he has produced, written, co-produced and developed more than 20 projects for the
History and Discovery Networks. He recently co-wrote and executive-produced a TV travel pilot, "The Perfect Day," and
co-executive-produced and wrote a TV docudrama pilot, "Air Force Elite." Allan served 11 years in the U.S. Air Force, was the
commander of three squadrons, and deployed for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As an adjunct college instructor he has taught
courses in American history at Los Angeles Valley College and Pasadena City College. Allan holds an M.A. in History from
Northeastern University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering & history from the Massachusetts Institute of
A Different Shade of Blue: How women changed the face of police work
Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs and Their Paths to the Top
Women in Law Enforcement Careers: A Guide for Preparing and Succeeding
Police Women: Life with the Badge
Women in Control?: The Role of Women in Law Enforcement
In the Same Voice: Men and Women in Law Enforcement
Special Agent: My Life On the Front Lines As Woman in the FBI
Triumph of Spirit: An Autobiography by Chief Penny Harrington
Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command
Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and
Nontraditional Fields for Women
No Backup: My Life as a Female FBI Special Agent
Detective: The Inspirational Story of the Trailblazing Woman Cop Who Wouldn't Quit
Women's Police Stations: Gender, Violence, and Justice in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gender and Community Policing: Walking the Talk
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