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Multicultural Law Enforcement

April 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in ethics, social sciences

A Discussion on the Challenges to Women in the Police Force


Cultural diversity is the US has been an accepted and controversial issue for as long as the American dream has been a catch phrase Considered a melting pot of many cultures , the uniqueness of the cultures has modified this imagery into that of a salad bowl , mixed but not merged . Of the earliest influences , barring Native Americans are from northern European cultures such as British , Irish and German , which is basically a white mix . However , later mixes include the Italians [banner_entry_middle]

br Mexicans , African , and many other minorities , considered non-white that comprise subcultures that are further diversified by other demographic factors such as religion and political orientation (Wikipedia

In the workplace , this cultural diversity comes into play that leads to many issues regarding equality of treatment . Gender issues create controversies , and litigation , that go beyond ethnicity issues , and in law enforcement , this is more apparent because it is considered a man ‘s job , hardly traditional occupation for women . In the last two decades , there have been radical changes in demographics in many sectors of the workforce , but the traditionally white , male caricature of the American police is of more difficult to eradicate because of the complicated nature of the work . Largely a local responsibility , policing deals with grassroots cultural diversity within the boundaries of its particular cultural mix . It is highly important that the demographics of the police force react to these mixes in a positive , non-discriminatory manner (Sansky , 2006 ) This considers factors that affect the recruitment and employment of women in law enforcement in terms of their gender , and the implications to the police force in general

Status of Women Law Enforcers

A report on the status of women in the US police force finds that while there is an increase in the number of women being sworn in for law enforcement positions , the rate of ascension is slow . As of 1999 , in a survey of 180 states , county and municipal agencies , only 14 .3 percent of new enforcers were women , an increase from 1990 statistics of 5 .3 Of these positions , non-white women comprise 6 .8 of the population Only 5 .6 of women hold command positions , 9 .2 come into supervisory levels while 15 .6 are in line positions . Non-white women have it worse 1 .1 , 2 .8 and 7 .8 respectively . On the level of lower paid , support civilian positions , women are the majority at 66 .1 with non-white women at 25 .7 . Even in the civilian law enforcement arena , management representation for women is at 42 , with non-white women holding 6 .4 of management positions

These figures indicate that women , and especially non-white women , are inadequately represented in the law enforcement sector of the workforce and the increases are so incremental that it will take several generations before equality status will be attained (The Feminist Majority Foundation , 2000

Sources : NCWP Survey 1997 , 1998 , and 1999 Bureau of Justice Statistics Law Enforcement Management and Administrative… [banner_entry_footer]


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