Females in Law Enforcement | The Good and the Bad

I enjoy following Police Commander Ziman’s site at Think Different. Her honest, open and intelligent style is good for females in policing, great for law enforcement, and awesome for our communities.

Originally posted at her site (visit please), I wanted to share with you.

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Females in Law Enforcement | The Good and the Bad

Back in 2006, Madeleine Albright gave a keynote speech to members of the WNBA in which she made the following declaration: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

When I first heard those words, I immediately thought them a bit harsh but now that I have 22 years of law enforcement experience, I have to come to understand the magnitude of the point that Albright was trying to convey.

When I started as a police cadet in my agency and as a sworn officer shortly thereafter, there were no female police officers that held a position of rank. During my tenure as an officer, my agency promoted its first female sergeant. Naturally, I was excited that my gender was represented in rank but I learned very quickly that she wasn’t as eager to be a mentor as I was to be her protégé.

This continued to be the theme with some of the other female officers in my agency. It started to become apparent to me that some women enjoyed being the sole female amongst their male colleagues and often found ways to keep other females down so as not to alter their proprietary position. It was sheer selfishness in basking in the role of the “only” female.

This is the group at whom I think Madeleine Albright was pointing when she delivered her now famous quotation.

via Think Different.


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