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NCJ Number: 170850 Find in a Library
Title: Rocking the Rank and File: Gender Issues and Community Policing
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1998)  Pages:156-172
Author(s): S L Miller
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 17
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the contradictions inherent in the conflict between traditional policing styles and beliefs and alternative policing strategies such as community policing.
Abstract: Paramilitary "masculine" police organizations are often viewed as a site for socially constructed gendered action. Policing emphasizes gendered divisions of labor and the construction of different police images for male and female officers. Women police officers' domain is frequently helping runaway, lost or abused children, or prostitutes, or filling stereotypically female clerical roles. The female voice of justice stresses the values of care, connection, and relational concerns -- values that have been used to characterize recent police reforms that adopt a more community-oriented role for police. This conceptual article explores the contradictions inherent in the conflict between traditional policing styles and beliefs and alternative policing strategies such as community policing. The article also discusses the strategies used in community policing to personalize law enforcement and the implications for these alternative philosophies and practices in light of gendered action. Table, notes, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Community policing; Female sex roles; Gender issues; Male/female police officer relations; Personnel selection; Police reform; Police women; Policing innovation; Psychology of law enforcement; Sex discrimination
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