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 or use excessive force. In addition, policewomen are more successful in diffusing violent or aggressive behavior and their presence reduces the use of force among other officers. Studies also find that inconsistent fitness standards across the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States are one of the most prevalent barriers to increasing female representation in policing.
This presentation will review relevant federal case law regarding gender and fitness standards. The US military and federal law enforcement recruit fitness testing policies will be compared to police academy fitness policies in use in local, county and state police academies, highlighting rigorously tested models, designed to measure required physical performance levels without producing disparate outcomes.
Other Webinars in this Series are:
- July 24, 1p ET: Women in Law Enforcement: Promotion & Assignment
The National Institute of Justice started the LEADS Scholars program in 2014 out of a desire to support and develop the data and science skills of the next generation of law enforcement leadership in America. One byproduct of the LEADS program, which has enrolled 50 mid-career officers so far, was a Research Summit on Women in Policing, held in December 2018. The summit was designed to take stock of existing knowledge about the experiences of women in policing, and to identify opportunities, challenges, and research gaps affecting more successful inclusion of women in American law enforcement. This “Women in Law Enforcement” webinar series is one vehicle for sharing the kind of information that was presented during the summit.
This webinar has been presented in partnership with the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners. IALEP is a member-governed organization for people working in, or interested in, planning, policy, budget, performance measurement, analysis, research, and other related functions for criminal justice agencies.