Policewomen of color: a state-of-the-art review

Academic Article


  • Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to offer a state-of-the-art review of the research on women of color in American policing. Directions for future research are also highlighted. Design/methodology/approach: Using several online databases, a literature search was performed to collect all relevant empirical studies on the topic. The review includes only studies that examined research questions about minority women officers in their own right. Findings: The review identified 12 studies focused on recruitment, hiring, retention and the on-the-job experiences of this population. Most studies focused on black policewomen. All data analyzed in these studies are at least 20 years old. Originality/value: Research on minorities in policing tends to concentrate on either black men or white women. For decades, scholars have called for more research on policewomen of color, yet little progress has been made. The current study takes stock of the existing research and provides a much-needed agenda to fill this research gap.
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  • Todak N; Brown K
  • Start Page

  • 1052
  • End Page

  • 1062
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 6