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Gender and police leadership: time for a paradigm shift?

Silvestri, Marisa, Tong, Stephen and Brown, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-6395-0244 (2013) Gender and police leadership: time for a paradigm shift? International Journal of Police Science and Management, 15 (1). pp. 61-73. ISSN 1461-3557

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Identification Number: 10.1350/ijps.2013.15.1.303


Despite a number of initiatives aimed at improving the representation and progression of women in the police service in England and Wales, the number of women in leadership ranks remains low. At the same time, concern over the quality of police leadership has been at the forefront of much public debate in recent years. This article focuses on recent proposals to reform the way in which senior officers are recruited through a discussion of the appointment of non-sworn/‘outsider’ officers through the adoption of direct and multiple entry models of recruitment as outlined by the Winsor Review (2012, Independent review of police officer and staff remuneration and conditions. Part 2. Hailed as an opportunity to secure an alternative face to police leadership, we reflect on the growing disquiet over police leaders and leadership and consider the possibilities of such a reform agenda for the representation and progression of women in policing. We propose that although a multipoint system of entry for specialisation or leadership roles may offer a number of opportunities to a service in crisis, such a reform agenda may ultimately serve to threaten and further undermine women's participation and status in policing as ‘outsiders’.

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Additional Information: © 2015 by SAGE Publications
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 16:02
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 00:00

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