The National Center for Women & Policing conducts and disseminates
original research on the status of women in policing and the
impact of gender on police operations. Our research is a vital
component of our strategy to gender balance law enforcement,
and provides compelling evidence on how the under-representation
of women impacts contemporary law enforcement problems such as
police brutality and inadequate police response to violence against
We also publish and distribute briefing papers on myriad
topics of central interest to our mission, including the impact
on modern law enforcement, the gender dimensions of police excessive
force, and domestic violence in police families.
Recruiting and Retaining Women: A Self-Assessment
Guide for Law Enforcement
This comprehensive step-by-step manual enables law enforcement
executives to systematically audit their policies and practices
on recruiting, hiring, testing, selection, training, promotion
and assignments, and to assess their policies on sexual harassment
and pregnancy, identify obstacles and implement solutions. Order
Online or Call 1-800-851-3420 to Order by Phone (Use code:
NCJ 185235) or Download
Full Text (over 200 pages)
Annual Survey on Status
of Women in Policing
The National Center for Women & Policing is the only organization that
annually tracks the number of women in policing, including the numbers
of sworn, correctional, and civilian women broken down by rank. Read
the latest figures for the year 2000, and see if your local police department
was one of the agencies surveyed. 2001
Updated 2003 Hiring & Retaining More Women: The
Advantages to Law Enforcement Agencies
Overview of research providing compelling evidence that increasing the number
of female officers improves police response to violence against women and reduces
police use of excessive force.
Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault Training Manual
An innovative manual for investigating acquaintance sexual assault,
developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Violence
Against Women Office. Order
a copy of the manual on CD-ROM.
Study on the Gender Gap
in Use of Force
This study documents huge gender differences in police brutality and
misconduct, whether measured by citizen complaints, sustained allegations,
or civil liability payouts. The data is clear: women officers cost their
communities less in human and financial terms, and police departments
can't afford to ignore this data any longer.
The Effect of Consent
Decrees on the Representation of Women in Sworn
The only study of its kind examining the effect of consent decrees
on the numbers of women in police agencies. Also examines what occurs
when the decrees are lifted; Study includes an appendix identifying
the surveyed agencies.
Tearing Down the Wall: Problems with Consistency, Validity, and Adverse
Impact of Physical Agility Testing in Police Selection
This study surveys 62 police agencies and examines the correlation
between representation of women officers, and the type of physical
agility tests used.
Gender Balance Policies: LAPD
These recommendations and motions directed at achieving gender equity
in the LAPD were unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council
on September 2, 1992.
Fact sheet on Police-Officer Involved
Several studies have found that 40% of police officer families
experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in
the general population. Since victims of police family violence
frequently fear that the police will side with their colleague,
most often these crimes go unreported...
Testimony of Chief Penny Harrington and FMF National Coordinator
Katherine Spillar before the Christopher Commission and several
Civil Rights Panels.
Articles on Women and Policing
Reprinted articles on gender balance in law enforcement, domestic
violence, and other issues affecting women in law enforcement.
Fact Sheet on Gun Ban
The 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban prohibits individuals
convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses from owning
or using firearms. NCWP opposes efforts to gut the Gun Ban through
police and military exemptions...