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A police service in transformation: implications for women police officers

Brown, Jennifer, Silvestri, M (2019) A police service in transformation: implications for women police officers. Police Practice and Research, . pp. 1-17. ISSN 1561-4263. (doi:10.1080/15614263.2019.1611206) (KAR id:75313)


This paper presents an overview of current trends besetting the police service in England and Wales, including the reduction of resources through austerity pressures, changing patterns of crime such as rises in cyber-related offences, greater victim focus, the introduction of graduate entry and changes in political accountability through the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners. Secondary analysis of data enabled an assessment of the degree to which these impacts the employment and deployment of women in policing. As the gender ratio changes and reforms facilitate styles of policing with greater emphasis on the ethics of care it might be expected this will reflect more feminine values. The conclusion drawn is that the impacts of feminisation are somewhat overstated and remain rather fragile.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/15614263.2019.1611206
Uncontrolled keywords: Policewomen; gender and policing; feminisation of policing; austerity impacts on policing; police transformation.
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Marisa Silvestri
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 08:22 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 01:43 UTC
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