Women in Policing: Performance and Outcomes

Women in Policing: Performance and Outcomes
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-09-25
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Women in Policing Performance and Outcomes
Unit 2 Recording: Women in Policing Performance and Outcomes

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 officers’ contributions, they have been used to compare female officers to male officers. Notwithstanding demonstrated similarities in outcomes, evidence suggests that women perform some policing functions in entirely different ways than men. Considering policing efforts under a best possible outcome framework provides a way to better understand uniquely beneficial ways in which women may contribute to policing in a variety of roles and assignments.


In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Explore differences in the way female officers perform key policing functions.
  • Consider a best possible outcome model for performance evaluation in policing.
  • Consider female officers’ unique value under a best possible outcome framework.
  • Discuss valuable contributions that female officers make in specialized assignments and the barriers limiting the number of women contributing in these ways.


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Audience Comments:

  • “I learned a lot regarding the Guardian vs. Warrior philosophy for officers, and the social work element of law enforcement. There was also a lot of good information about specific qualities females bring to the profession. Great work from Paige and Anne Li and thanks to the Justice Clearinghouse for a great webinar.” — Anthony
  • “Streamlining hiring processes is critical if an agency/organization wishes to get the “cream of the crop” for the job and retain valuable assets (talent) within the agency – Community policing is catching on in the big cities such as Phoenix.” — Pamela
  • “Important stuff, very thought-provoking.” — Brandy


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