This makes it very difficult to recruit minorities and women into the force.
Women and minority officers also face unfair social stigmas.
For instance, the New York Times reported in 2015 that in North Charleston, South Carolina, 80% of police officers are white, while over 50% of residents are minorities.
In Ferguson, Missouri, over 83% of officers are white, while over 70% of residents are minorities.
Try it risk-free Within the white male-dominated world of policing, female and minority officers face many roadblocks and obstacles such as discrimination, underrepresentation, and even social stigma.
Essay Women In Policing
This lesson takes a look at some of these critical issues.
Despite all the rhetoric of equality, it's reported that many male officers still doubt women can perform equally and they still expect women officers to fail.
Since the world of policing is definitely a team sport, in which partners and colleagues must lean on one another, discrimination by male officers is a critical issue facing female police officers. Studies show that policewomen in Europe, Eastern Europe, and Latin America also struggle to be seen as equals amidst an organization that still identifies as a band of brothers.
Women officers are often seen as putting career over family, while minority officers are seen as turning their backs on minority communities.
Women and minority groups face challenges when entering the police force, which is dominated by white males.