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NCJ Number: 164571 Find in a Library
Title: Women Police Units in India: A New Direction
Journal: Police Studies  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:(1996)  Pages:63-75
Author(s): M Natarajan
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Twenty-nine female police units, recently established by the Tamil Nadu State Police in South India, consist of 15 women constables and two sub-inspectors under the command of an inspector.
Abstract: The female police units mainly deal with family-related disputes and cases involving women and children but also serve the full range of general police functions. They have been established for two main reasons; to engender trust in the police among female victims and to provide an independent career structure for female police officers. Interviews with female police officers in five units revealed a high level of satisfaction with police work and career prospects. Many more women in the units than in a general sample of female police officers questioned in 1988 expressed interest in performing the full range of police duties, but they also said they would like to do this in units staffed only by women. Female police officers enjoyed the experience of working directly with other females and having a woman as their chief. The author recommends more detailed evaluation of female police units to assess the extent to which the units address the needs of female police officers in traditional cultures. 20 references, 5 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): India; Police careers; Police community relations; Police statistics; Police women; Police work attitudes; Public Opinion of the Police
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