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Gender Issues in Policing from the Law and Order Perspectives

May 4, 2018

League of California Cities City Attorneys' Conference

The last several decades have witnessed a rise in female officers in law enforcement agencies, with a growing number of women leading police departments.  L.A. County has seven female police chiefs.  However, at the same time, there have been barriers to recruiting more women, increased awareness regarding sexual harassment, and a federal court recently ruled that one city’s physical abilities test for its police officers violated federal law because there was a disparate impact on women.  This panel presentation will go through this case as well as other topics that affect females in law enforcement.  Addressing gender issues in law enforcement can help the quality of policing by ensuring that the best candidates are hired and retained.  It can also reduce potential liability for cities and counties.

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