COPS: Profiles of Women in Command
By Marion E. Gold
Quality Paperback . 216pp . $21.95
Diverse and intimate
portraits of today's trailblazing women in police departments
around the country who shattered the glass ceiling of law
enforcement to reach command positions. In this major contribution
to women's history, leading women in law enforcement share
their experiences and achievements and how they used
their skill, dedication, and much-needed sense of humor, to
break through the barriers to achieve command positions. TOP
COPS also includes a historical overview of women in law enforcement,
and data on women in policing from the International Association
of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Women & Policing.
from TOP COPS: Profiles of Women in Command
Certainly not every woman
wants, nor is she qualified, to serve in law enforcement. But educational
programs that eliminate stereotypes and support women's entry into
and success in policing must be encouraged if we are to help all
our citizens make wise career and life choices. Then, and only then,
will more women see themselves as career officers.
One of my goals in writing
this book is to increase the visibility of women in policing who
have broken through significant barriers to achieve command positions
from lieutenants, to captains, to sheriffs and chiefs.
Additional goals are to eliminate
stereotypes and misperceptions of women in policing by educating
the public and to encourage more women in law enforcement to seek
command positions. I also hope to encourage more women officers
to take on a mentoring role: individually in their departments,
through community activities, and by their participation in local
and national organizations.
TOP COPS: Profiles of Women
in Command is also this feminists way of shining a light on just
a few of an elite group of women in policing whose persistence and
dedication place them among the trailblazers in law enforcement.
Not only will you read about their achievements, but you will learn
how they used their skill, dedication, and so often a much-needed
sense of humor to break through the male-dominated blue wall of
policing in order to achieve command positions.
These are today's mentors
of tomorrows police commanders. I hope their experiences help other
women who may be considering policing as a career as well as the
women police officers who serve in all ranks in law enforcement
departments throughout the country.
"...Gold provides an indispensable
resource for both scholars and members of the law enforcement community...particularly
those of us in leadership positions."
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Former Governor of Arizona
"...Their stories serve
as an inspiration to young women across America who have every right
to believe they can pursue any career and rise to any challenge..."
Governor George Pataki, New York
profiles should banish forever the Cagney & Lacey image...for women
in the police force ..."
The Chicago Tribune
"Excellent text for a course
on women's history...Also would be beneficial to current female
police officers as they try to define their roles as mentors."
National Women's Studies Association Journal, Spring 2001
"...An inspiring book ..."
NY COP Online Magazine
Marion E. Gold
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