Saturday, August 22, 2009

Female Officers Put in Charge of Policing Climate Camp

In the wake of the death of Ian Tomlinson, the subsequent coverup, and the general brutality of the G-20 protest crackdown, female officers are set to head up peace-keeping at Climate Camp. I'm interested to know what anybody thinks about this ( especially if you have examples in your own experience of dealing with male and female officers ).

1 comment:

lauren said...

this is really, really interesting. they do make some sweeping generalizations, but it is notable that there have been scientific studies done about it. I think I share this woman's point of view...
"You could almost formulate the question this way, says one female officer who asked not to be identified: "It's not, can women make good police officers. It's why should so many unsuitable men, with the way they respond to so many situations, the way they so often have to prove who's biggest, be allowed to try?" yep. it's not men vs. women making better officers, it's folks who are using less excessive force and more communication/negotiation that are more successful. i think, instead of (or maybe in addition to) putting more women on the beat, we should be working to reduce the macho culture that often pervades police departments. (oh PS and many other parts of society...i'm looking at you, military)