Career trajectories of women in policing in Australia

Women Australia
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This paper examines the career paths of a cohort of police sworn in during 1991 in a number of jurisdictions to examine what differences, if any, exist between male and female personnel in terms of recruitment, rank attainment, departures and deployment.

The findings indicate that recruitment of women in policing in Australia has generally doubled in the decade, but that a higher proportion of men than of women have attained the more senior ranks. Women, however, attained promotions more quickly than did men. The paper calls for research in greater depth is needed to investigate reasons for the differences identified between male and female police and between jurisdictions.

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