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The National Center for Women & Policing conducts and disseminates original research on the status of women in policing and the impact of gender on police operations. Our research is a vital component of our strategy to gender balance law enforcement, and provides compelling evidence on how the under-representation of women impacts contemporary law enforcement problems such as police brutality and inadequate police response to violence against women.

We also publish and distribute briefing papers on myriad topics of central interest to our mission, including the impact of women on modern law enforcement, the gender dimensions of police excessive force, and domestic violence in police families.

Recruiting and Retaining Women: A Self-Assessment Guide for Law Enforcement
This comprehensive step-by-step manual enables law enforcement executives to systematically audit their policies and practices on recruiting, hiring, testing, selection, training, promotion and assignments, and to assess their policies on sexual harassment and pregnancy, identify obstacles and implement solutions.Call 310-556-2500 to order a copy.

Annual Survey on Status of Women in Policing
The National Center for Women & Policing is the only organization that annually tracks the number of women in policing, including the numbers of sworn, correctional, and civilian women broken down by rank. Read the latest figures for the year 2000, and see if your local police department was one of the agencies surveyed. 2001 Figures

Updated 2003 Hiring & Retaining More Women: The Advantages to Law Enforcement Agencies
Overview of research providing compelling evidence that increasing the number of female officers improves police response to violence against women and reduces police use of excessive force.

Investigating Acquaintance Sexual Assault Training Manual
An innovative manual for investigating acquaintance sexual assault, developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Office. Order a copy of the manual on CD-ROM.

Study on the Gender Gap in Use of Force
This study documents huge gender differences in police brutality and misconduct, whether measured by citizen complaints, sustained allegations, or civil liability payouts. The data is clear: women officers cost their communities less in human and financial terms, and police departments can't afford to ignore this data any longer.

The Effect of Consent Decrees on the Representation of Women in Sworn Law Enforcement
The only study of its kind examining the effect of consent decrees on the numbers of women in police agencies. Also examines what occurs when the decrees are lifted; Study includes an appendix identifying the surveyed agencies.

Tearing Down the Wall: Problems with Consistency, Validity, and Adverse Impact of Physical Agility Testing in Police Selection
This study surveys 62 police agencies and examines the correlation between representation of women officers, and the type of physical agility tests used.

Gender Balance Policies: LAPD
These recommendations and motions directed at achieving gender equity in the LAPD were unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council on September 2, 1992.

Fact sheet on Police-Officer Involved Domestic Violence
Several studies have found that 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in the general population. Since victims of police family violence frequently fear that the police will side with their colleague, most often these crimes go unreported...

NCWP Testimony
Testimony of Chief Penny Harrington and FMF National Coordinator Katherine Spillar before the Christopher Commission and several Civil Rights Panels.

Articles on Women and Policing
Reprinted articles on gender balance in law enforcement, domestic violence, and other issues affecting women in law enforcement.

Fact Sheet on Gun Ban
The 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban prohibits individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses from owning or using firearms. NCWP opposes efforts to gut the Gun Ban through police and military exemptions...


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