Gender Equity in Australian and New Zealand Policing: A Five Year Review

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Title Gender Equity in Australian and New Zealand Policing: A Five Year Review
Author Prenzler, Timothy James; Fleming, Jenny; King, Amanda Lydia
Journal Name International Journal of Police Science and Management
Editor Ian McKenzie
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Vathek
Abstract This paper examines the impact of equity measures in Australian and New Zealand policing, involving nine police departments, from 2003/4 to 2007/8. The findings were mixed. Overall, the number of sworn female officers in both countries continued to trend slowly upwards, with an average of 26.6 per cent in Australia and 17.1 per cent in New Zealand in 2007/8. However, recruit numbers appeared to have peaked around 33 per cent and were in decline in most departments where data were available. Women continued to move up the ranks in all departments, but there were still very few women in senior ranks. Although women were not separating at a higher rate than men, they were more likely than men to resign. While more positive than earlier appraisals of equity in Australia, the findings continue to reflect inadequate data collection that would address long-term inequity issues. The labour force participation rate of women in Australia has increased significantly over the last few decades. However, women are not necessarily focusing on traditional career paths but rather see employment opportunities as one of many options that include family and lifestyle balance. Nevertheless, it is argued here that police organisations should remain committed to gender equity. Affirmative action and other gender equity strategies are considered necessary to encourage greater participation by women, for the benefits to women of a policing career and for the wider good of the community and police organisations themselves. Better diagnostic data and visible commitment are required to support this objective.
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Volume 12
Issue Number 4
Page from 584
Page to 595
ISSN 1461-3557
Date Accessioned 2011-02-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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