This From the Archive report explored the extent to which women were being employed as sworn officers in state and municipal departments across the United States. Published in 1981, the purpose of the study was to analyze the effects of specific personnel practices designed to support full employment of women in policing. To this end, an effort was made to place the employment status of women in policing in its full historical and sociopolitical context.
The methodology used in this report included case studies and a national survey. From these two methods, the Police Foundation was able to address employment of women in many important areas of policing: eligibility, recruitment, selection ,rank, training, promotion, and assignment.
This report concludes that the greatest challenge for women in policing in the eighties was to overcome barriers to promotion and obtain a more significant proportion of supervisory and police-making positions in police departments.
The full article is available in our electronic library.