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NCJ Number: 30934 Find in a Library
Title: WOMEN IN THE POLICE - SHOULD THEY BE INTEGRATED OR USED WITH RESERVATIONS
Journal: KRIMINALISTIK  Volume:29  Issue:7  Dated:(JULY, 1975)  Pages:303-305
Author(s): I MATTHES; W KLEINLEIN
Corporate Author: Kriminalistik Verlag Gmbh
Germany (Unified)
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Kriminalistik Verlag Gmbh
6900 Heidelburg 1, Germany
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS SENT A QUESTIONNAIRE REGARDING THE USE OF WOMEN ON POLICE FORCES TO ALL WEST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, THE U.S., JAPAN AND ISRAEL.
Abstract: THE RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE SHOWED THAT THE NUMBER OF WOMEN DOING CRIMINAL POLICE WORK VARIES FROM 0.5 TO 15 PERCENT AND THAT ALL THE COUNTRIES EXCEPTING SPAIN, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND GRANT POLICEWOMEN SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT. THOSE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS MOSTLY COMMAND UNITS MADE UP OF WOMEN. IN ONLY A FEW COUNTRIES DO ANY WOMEN COMMAND MIXED UNITS, AND SUCH CASES ARE EXCEPTIONAL. THE AUTHORS POINT OUT THAT THE TRADITIONAL POLICEWOMAN'S ROLE IS THAT OF DEALING WITH CHILDREN AND JUVENILES, HELPLESS WOMEN AND JUVENILE OR FEMALE VICTIMS OF CRIME. IT IS ALSO TRADITIONAL TO AVOID USING POLICEWOMEN WHERE VIOLENCE CAN BE EXPECTED. THE AUTHORS ARGUE FOR THE USE OF POLICEWOMEN FOR ALL TYPES OF POLICE WORK ON EXACTLY THE SAME BASIS AS MEN. THEY CITE THE OPINIONS OF GENETICISTS TO THE EFFECT THAT THERE IS NO PHYSICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN TO WARRANT DISCRIMINATING AGAINST WOMEN IN JOB ASSIGNMENTS. THEY CLOSE BY STATING THAT NOT ALL WOMEN ARE ABLE TO HANDLE ALL POLICE JOBS, BUT THEN NEITHER ARE ALL MEN! --IN GERMAN
Index Term(s): Discrimination; Europe; Females; Israel; Japan; Personnel promotion; Police command and control; Police organizational structure; Police personnel; Police women; Questionnaires
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