Women in Law Enforcement

From 1970 to 1990, the proportion of U.S. law enforcement officers who were women increased from about 1% to 9%. Since then, however, growth has slowed and the figure remains below 13%. The National Institute of Justice held a “research summit” in 2018 to consider the rate of progress, identify challenges as well as successes, explore women’s experiences in today’s law enforcement agencies, and look for gaps in knowledge where additional research might be valuable. This webinar series covers many of the topics discussed at the women’s summit, including recruitment and testing, promotion and assignment, navigating the police culture, work performance, and lessons from other occupations and other countries.

Upcoming Webinars

Rachel Tolber
Natalie Todak
07 / 24 / 2019

To truly impact the police field, women must attain leadership positions where they can make organizational decisions, affect culture, and inspire future generations. However, in 2013, women made up only 7% of [...]

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Cara Rabe-Hemp
Sheryl Victorian
08 / 28 / 2019

This webinar will explore the enduring challenges women encounter in the law enforcement profession and offer strategies to navigating the police culture in an effort to encourage female interest in [...]

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Anne Li Kringen
Paige Valenta
09 / 25 / 2019

Administratively and academically, evaluating officers’ performance has been typically completed using simplified metrics such as the number of arrests made. Although these metrics fail to capture important nuanced details about [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Ivonne Roman

The number of women in policing has remained stagnant over the past 20 years, hovering near 13% nationally.  Research since the 1970s finds that policewomen are less likely to generate citizen complaints [...]

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Webinar presenter Ivonne Roman answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Women in Law Enforcement: Physical Fitness Standards and Testing. Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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