Do Women Want the Job? An Examination of the Recruitment and Retention of Female Law Enforcement Officers

Stephanie Picolo Manzi, Roger Williams University
Paul S. Manzi, Johnston Police Department

A 1998 IACP study of police chiefs suggested that many barriers still exist for women interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement and for those who currently serve as police officers. Several strategies were suggested for the future success of selecting and retaining female officers. The current research will now provide the point of view of the female police officer. Female police officers in Rhode Island will be questioned on both the difficulties they incurred during the hiring process and issues that are faced once on the job. These findings will also be compared to the hiring/retention beliefs of Rhode Island police chiefs.

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Updated 05/20/2006