Police work does have unique aspects to sexual
stress.  You'll be dealing regularly with a male
criminal element that has no appreciation for
women.  When a woman puts on a police uniform,
that lack of appreciation can become even more
pronounced.  You could frequently find yourself
enduring sexist comments and language that will
initially cause you stress.  You'll simply have to train
yourself to tune out the insults.  If you don't, the
resulting stress will be of your own making.

Then there's the normal thing between men and
women that often occurs in the workplace.  Yes...
the work environment often creates legitimate
romantic relationships.  Here's the only advice I can
give you on this one.  If you're working together in
an assignment where you're performing actual
police work like responding to calls and doing other
dangerous things, request that one of you be
transferred to another assignment.

In police work, controlling your emotional responses
to anything is a big deal.  Where intimate
relationships are involved, danger to one will evoke
a strong emotional response from the other.  When
a police officer's action(s) is controlled more by
emotion than training, the result(s) can be

When you begin your career, you're going to be
just as inexperienced as your male counterparts.  
You're going to need advice and guidance just like
the new guys.  Unlike the boys, however, you may
well find more willingness from the experienced cops
to help you.  I wonder why?  Anyway...never feel
uncomfortable about putting anyone in his place if
he's making you feel uncomfortable.      
When I began my police career, police commanders
didn't want to know anything about your domestic
life, and they especially didn't want to hear anything
about sexual issues.  When some things change,
they change in a big way.  Today, the subject of
sex is everywhere, and police departments can't
escape a reality that sometimes reaches absurd

As a female police officer, you'll be entering a work
force where, on average, you'll be outnumbered 8
to 2.  While some women might find the lopsided
ratio appealing, others won't.  It really doesn't
matter which view you take, because you'll be
subjected to sexual stress either way.  The only
difference will be in how and why that stress

As long as you begin your career with the
realization that you have no immunity from being
subjected to sources of sexual stress, you'll be way
ahead at protecting yourself from needless
suffering.  You might think that all the sexual
harassment laws will protect you from sexual
stress.  Think again, because most male police
officers don't even think about sexual harassment
issues; until, they're slammed in the face with an
allegation of sexual harassment.  Further, when
sexual stress is placed into the context of sexual
harassment, it simply results in additional stress.

You'll fall into one of two categories of female police
officers.  In the first category are those women who
become police officers, because they really want to
do police work.  The second category will be
comprised of women who know men's weaknesses,
and they will not hesitate in exploiting those
weaknesses.  Since you're obviously in the first
category, listen closely.

Police departments aren't any different from any
other male dominated work environment.  Just as in
any other line of work, you'll see women exploit
their sexuality from flirting -- to much more -- for
favors and advancement.  Those sexually based

relationships often result in stress for
everyone in the immediate work environment.  
When those relationships sour, or become
scandalous, the negative effects only multiply along
with the number of people affected.
When I did the page on sexual stress and the male
police officer, I had no intention of addressing the
same subject regarding female police officers.  I
learned a long time ago to keep my analysis of
women's behavior, sexual or otherwise, to myself
whenever possible.  However, fair is fair, and I
should make an effort to provide advice to women
seriously considering a police career since all things
sexual have become of such interest, and a real
source of consequences.
While men could have much more positive control in
limiting sexual favoritism, that just simply isn't the
reality.  You might work for a sergeant -- hopefully
-- who won't tolerate any type, or even an
appearance, of sexual favoritism while your higher
ranking unit or district commander has never met a
woman who couldn't manipulate him ten different

You will see women receive favorable treatment and
advancement through their sexual manipulation of
men.  However, think about the stress they're
suffering from the knowledge that everybody knows
how they're obtaining the favors and advancement.  
Women who use sexual manipulation will often
justify their behavior through cynical self-delusion.  
They'll convince themselves that they are qualified
for better assignments and advancement, but, just
because they're women, they'll be denied their
deserved assignments and advancement. Therefore,
sexual manipulation is just something they have to

You don't have to believe me, because you'll learn
for yourself that women who rely on their sexuality
are rarely, if ever, qualified for assignments and
advancement derived through sexual relationships.  
While those women will be subjected to the obvious
stress generated from the tenuous nature of such
relationships, their behavior will be a source of
stress for their female co-workers as well.

The experts will tell you that you're entering a
career rife with sexism.  Well...that just isn't so.  
It's easy to substitute sexism for the normal ways
things have been done and continue to be done.  
You've got to remember that you're entering
government where the concepts of quality and
competence are not immediately associated.  You
can be a police officer, male or female, of
exceptional quality and competence, and you'll learn
that those attributes won't, on their own, get you
anywhere when it comes to assignments and

In government, the politics and personal
connections are the determining factors.  Here's
where being female obviously becomes tricky.  How
do you make those personal and political
connections in a male dominated environment
without sex entering into the picture?  It's
obviously possible since a lot of women manage to
advance without becoming practitioners of sexual
Sexual Stress
and the Female
Police Officer
"...most male police officers don't even think
about sexual harassment issues; until, they're
slammed in the face with an allegation of
sexual harassment." ~ Barry M. Baker
Copyright © 2019  Barry M. Baker