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Researchers share actionable document on gender, policing and inclusion


September 5, 2019
By Staff

The scholars behind the inaugural Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Women Police Officers Conference/Workshop earlier this year at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ont. have released their findings from the two-day event in the form of an “actionable document” for police organizations across the globe.

The workshop sought “to address the gap that exists around policy recommendations and their implementation by policing organizations” in regards to gender diversity and transform the “rich literature on barriers to recruitment, retention, and promotion of women police officers” into tangible recommendations.

The document highlights “opportunities for change,” such as: targeting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs to work towards developing a workforce with data literacy, computer and science training; creating programs that identify “agents of change;” and redefining competencies required for promotion. These are just a few.

It also describes “out of the box ideas,” like examining weaknesses in current harassment protocol and problematizing “the ‘rules of the game’ by securing an alternative face to police leadership through a ‘Direct Entry’ system that appoints nonsworn/’outsider’ officers.”

To read the full document and share it with others, click the link below.

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