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NCJ Number: 31049 Find in a Library
Title: EVALUATION OF POLICEWOMEN ON PATROL IN A SUBURBAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Journal: JOURNAL OF POLICE SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:434-438
Author(s): L J SHERMAN
Corporate Author: Northwestern University
School of Law
Managing Editor
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Northwestern University
Chicago, IL 60611
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PERFORMANCE OF 16 POLICEWOMEN AND 16 POLICEMEN IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY WERE COMPARED IN ORDER TO EVALUATE POLICEWOMEN'S EFFECTIVENESS IN A SUBURBAN, ONE-PERSON MOTOR PATROL POLICING ENVIRONMENT.
Abstract: TWO PREVIOUS STUDIES, BASED IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND NEW YORK CITY, HAVE ALREADY EVALUATED POLICEWOMEN'S PERFORMANCE IN THE URBAN SETTING. THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY EVALUATION WAS UNDERTAKEN TO EXTEND FINDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS STUDIES TO THE SUBURBAN SETTING. MATCHED SAMPLES OF 16 WOMEN AND 16 MALE OFFICERS WERE COMPARED, USING DATA FROM THE FOLLOWING SIX SOURCES: FIELD OBSERVATIONS BY PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS, CITIZEN INTERVIEWS TO DETERMINE CITIZEN SATISFACTION, POLICE DEPARTMENT ATTITUDE SURVEYS, DEPARTMENTAL PERFORMANCE RATINGS, REVIEW OF POLICE RECORDS, AND INTERVIEWS WITH COMMAND PERSONNEL AND MALE AND FEMALE OFFICERS. IN GENERAL, THE RESULTS FROM ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARALLELED THOSE OF WASHINGTON D.C. AND NEW YORK - THE WOMEN WERE FOUND TO PERFORM POLICE PATROL DUTIES EQUALLY AS WELL AS MEN. WHILE THE WOMEN EXHIBITED A LESS AGGRESSIVE PATROL STYLE AND MADE FEWER ARRESTS, THEY WERE EQUALLY EFFECTIVE IN MANAGING DISTRAUGHT AND ANGRY CITIZENS AND RECEIVED HIGH RATINGS BY CITIZENS ON THEIR SENSITIVITY TO HUMAN NEEDS. SOME SPECIFIC FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY ARE REVIEWED, AND THE AUTHOR SPECULATES ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE FINDINGS.
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Evaluation; Missouri; Patrol; Personnel evaluation; Police women; Suburban area studies
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