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Please post a 150 - 300 word response to the following discussion question by clicking on Reply. How has the integration of women in policing affected society’s view on what policing is? What are the positives to this integration? What are the negatives? Why must the importance of women in policing not be overlooked?
According to statistics, women are less likely to be accused of excessive force than men are. Female officers are also more likely to try to resolve a situation with words rather than with violence than male officers are. It is clear that women are usually more empathic, and this carries over to make them generally more able to deal with an assault or abuse victim. Some people might also have an easier time talking about their situation with a women. On the other hand, some people think that police work is a job for a man, and that a women is not strong enough for it – they have less respect for female officers. People believe that criminals are more inclined to violence, and thus deserve fewer opportunities to get out of a situation without using violence. Some ethic groups are more likely to be sexist, and sometimes women are more trusting and therefore less likely to dig the real truth out of a situation. In my opinion, most people are happy that female police officers are on the police force. Society likes to think that everyone has the same chance to do the same work. While not everyone is happy about any one thing, in general I think that female police officers are emblematic of the larger acceptance that women have in society.