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Women in policing

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 58

Vicki Wilkinson and Irene D Froyland
ISBN 0 642 24020 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 1996


The authors attempt to explain the low percentage of women in Australian police services. Issues explored include the recruitment process, deployment of women; the representation of women in senior ranks and management; police culture; attitudes to women police; and working conditions. Greater flexibility with regard to working conditions, duties and traditional perceptions of women's capabilities may lead to increased numbers of women police in the future.