Do You Think We Need More Female Cops?
- IWB Post
- September 18, 2015
David Kassick was shot by a police officer in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania,
during a routine traffic stop few months back. That time, Journalist Christopher Moraff realized how impatient male cops are at making decisions like firing, thereby, harming the innocent public.
This raised a discussion. In an Op-Ed for Al Jazeera, Christopher argued that the best way to solve this issue is by bringing a diversity in the police department. How? By hiring more women.
He cited some data showing that women are far less likely to fire their guns while on duty than male officers are. Do you agree?
We really like his plan to form a police department that practices gender-equality. According to the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), as of 2013, there were only 219 women holding top leadership positions, out of more than 14,000 U.S. police agencies. According to hiring data gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, women account for about 12 percent of active duty police officers. Even in Pittsburgh — once the model for gender equity in policing — women now make up 17 percent of sworn officers, a drop of nearly 40 percent from its 1990 peak.
Do you think, Indian police service is also male-dominant?