HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » A police chief is hiring ...

Sun Mar 27, 2022, 10:32 AM

A police chief is hiring female officers to fix 'toxic' policing

Research generally supports the idea that female police officers are better than male officers at finding resolutions without using violence. A 2021 study found that female officers made 7 percent fewer arrests than their male counterparts while using force 28 percent less often. The researchers found the largest disparity centered on the treatment of Black civilians.

Female officers are, on average, more educated than male officers, more likely to engender the perception of fairness in the communities they police, more efficient in carrying out traffic stops that result in drug seizures and more effective in sex assault and domestic violence investigations, other studies show. Experts say female officers are less likely to fire their guns in the line of duty, use excessive force or become the target of successful civil suits.

Still, there are a few studies that found only minor differences in use-of-force incidents among male and female officers. And some research indicates that diversity cannot be a cure-all for departments, especially when traditional training and police culture remain in place. A 2003 look into police killings found that overall department diversity had little impact on outcomes, for example. A 2005 study of a suburban Maryland police department determined the difference between men and women in use of force to be statistically insignificant.

Samantha Simon, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, says she is “pessimistic about the usefulness of demographic diversity in police forces.” She has found that success or failure at combat is still valued above all other fields of study at most police academies, regardless of an officer’s gender. Police recruits who struggled in violent confrontations were more likely to be hazed than mentored, she concluded when researching an article and an upcoming book.

“The people who end up being hired and make it to graduation fit a blueprint of who the institution thinks will be a good police officer,” Simon said. “And a lot of that really revolves around the use of violence.”

Bellevue police leadership believes it’s too early to use data to understand what effect the influx of women is having, with the majority of the female officers having been hired in the last year and a half, and several still in training.


2 replies, 946 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply A police chief is hiring female officers to fix 'toxic' policing (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Mar 2022 OP
CrispyQ Mar 2022 #1
CrispyQ Mar 2022 #2

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2022, 11:14 AM

1. Excellent article!

“The people who end up being hired and make it to graduation fit a blueprint of who the institution thinks will be a good police officer,” Simon said. “And a lot of that really revolves around the use of violence.”

So she admits the blueprint values violence more than other skills.

A couple of other interesting points. There's a lot of "let the boys be boys" attitude to overcome.

But many others have been skeptical. Only seven of the 40 Midwestern law enforcement agencies Clary invited have signed up, McGough said. And during a seminar while the initiative was in the planning stage, a male chief told McGough and other organizers he was reluctant to hire women, for fear they’d be sexually harassed by male officers and sue the department.

The women in the audience were incredulous.

“So, not that he needed to address the behavior of the officers, right?” McGough said in an interview. “We don’t want to deal with the sexual harassment suits that would come from a woman.”

And training that focuses on violence over communication.

The Bellevue Police Department, like most smaller law enforcement agencies, does not run its own police academy. Many recruits attend Sarpy Douglas Law Enforcement Academy, a regional facility serving multiple departments. Several Bellevue officers said instruction at the academy was heavy on violence and light on some of the skills they’d come to learn months and years into the job. Combat scenarios were common, but the scenario simulating negotiations with potentially violent civilians under duress lasted 15 minutes, Wrigley said.

Hats off to Police Chief Ken Clary!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2022, 11:33 AM

2. A little off topic, but Shark Tank's Mr. Wonderful

also had a surprise revelation when investing in women owned companies.

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Prefers Investing With Women. Here’s Why.
By Jack Otter
June 21, 2019 7:29 pm ET



“I’d give money to a goat if I could get a return,” says Kevin O’Leary, “I really don’t care.” An investor best known for playing the tough guy on a panel full of tough characters on the reality venture-capital show Shark Tank, O’Leary is making the point that he has no political or social agenda. He’s all about capitalism.


So it is surprising, to say the least, that O’Leary invests almost exclusively in companies founded and run by women. That approach sounds an awful lot like “gender lens” investing, a subset of ESG that aims to boost returns by investing in companies with female leadership, or that are dedicated to improving women’s lives. (For more on this, see “Improving Women’s Issues Leads to Better Investment Returns.”) O’Leary, who ran for prime minister of Canada on the conservative line, doesn’t come off like a gender-lens investing kind of guy. But he is adamant: After taking stakes in 39 companies through Shark Tank, he has gotten significantly better returns from start-ups founded and run by women. And he doesn’t think it’s a coincidence.

The single most important factor in the outperformance of female entrepreneurs, O’Leary says, is their tendency to set reasonable goals for growth. Men, he says, often set “testosterone targets, crazy goals that they only hit 60% of the time.” There are many benefits to setting achievable goals, including cash management—when your growth assumptions are accurate, you can manage your cash flow properly. If growth comes in far below assumptions, you might run out of money before you’re generating enough to cover costs.


Studies have suggested that gender diversity in the C-suite and on corporate boards leads to better performance. Among other things, research has shown a correlation between gender diversity on corporate boards and lower volatility. And one theory with some, but not unanimous, scientific basis posits that women tend to be more risk-averse. That hypothesis strikes a cord with O’Leary, who wants a hedge against the inherently risky proposition of funding start-ups.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread