Women in Tribal Policing: An Examination of Their Status and Experiences

Eileen Luna Firebaugh, University of Arizona

Extensive research has been done on the role of women in policing. Studies have found that women in policing are somewhat disconnected from the traditional power structure within mainstream policing, and are viewed by police administrations and by themselves as bringing different values and gifts to the role of policing. Research has also found that women are generally outside power structures within policing and view themselves as hampered in their chosen profession. This study focuses on the role of women in tribal policing. It will present the integration of women within tribal police departments, the manner in which they are viewed by police administration and colleagues, and the view they have of themselves within the organization. A comparison with research on women in mainstream and tribal policing will be done.

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Updated 05/20/2006