Women police officers
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Women are joining police organisations in increasing numbers. In 1995, women constituted 13.5% of sworn officers in Australia, with one police service as high as 17.3%. But they don't stay. They leave at disproportionate rates compared with male officers, and they begin to leave from recruitment onwards. Why does it happen? Is it something as simple as the rigours of shiftwork? The fact that work practices do not sit comfortably with other responsibilities such as children? Or, and this seems more likely, is it something to do with the highly gendered nature of the organisation? This conference will provide us with some answers to these questions.
A speech presented at the First Australasian Women Police Conference, Sydney, 29, 30 & 31 July 1996 by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. Made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/