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Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command - "Excellent text for a course on women's history...Also would be beneficial to current female police officers as they try to define their roles as mentors."
Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command - "Excellent text for a course on women's history...Also would be beneficial to current female police officers as they try to define their roles as mentors."

 

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TOP COPS: Profiles of Women in Command
By Marion E. Gold
Quality Paperback . 216pp . $21.95
ISBN 0941394042

Diverse and intimate portraits of today's trailblazing women in police departments around the country who shattered the glass ceiling of law enforcement to reach command positions. In this major contribution to women's history, leading women in law enforcement share their experiences and achievements — and how they used their skill, dedication, and much-needed sense of humor, to break through the barriers to achieve command positions. TOP COPS also includes a historical overview of women in law enforcement, and data on women in policing from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Women & Policing.


Excerpt from TOP COPS: Profiles of Women in Command

Certainly not every woman wants, nor is she qualified, to serve in law enforcement. But educational programs that eliminate stereotypes and support women's entry into and success in policing must be encouraged if we are to help all our citizens make wise career and life choices. Then, and only then, will more women see themselves as career officers.

One of my goals in writing this book is to increase the visibility of women in policing who have broken through significant barriers to achieve command positions from lieutenants, to captains, to sheriffs and chiefs.

Additional goals are to eliminate stereotypes and misperceptions of women in policing by educating the public and to encourage more women in law enforcement to seek command positions. I also hope to encourage more women officers to take on a mentoring role: individually in their departments, through community activities, and by their participation in local and national organizations.

TOP COPS: Profiles of Women in Command is also this feminists way of shining a light on just a few of an elite group of women in policing whose persistence and dedication place them among the trailblazers in law enforcement. Not only will you read about their achievements, but you will learn how they used their skill, dedication, and so often a much-needed sense of humor to break through the male-dominated blue wall of policing in order to achieve command positions.

These are today's mentors of tomorrows police commanders. I hope their experiences help other women who may be considering policing as a career as well as the women police officers who serve in all ranks in law enforcement departments throughout the country.

"...Gold provides an indispensable resource for both scholars and members of the law enforcement community...particularly those of us in leadership positions."
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Former Governor of Arizona

"...Their stories serve as an inspiration to young women across America who have every right to believe they can pursue any career and rise to any challenge..."
Governor George Pataki, New York

"Worth reading...These profiles should banish forever the Cagney & Lacey image...for women in the police force ..."
The Chicago Tribune

"Excellent text for a course on women's history...Also would be beneficial to current female police officers as they try to define their roles as mentors."
National Women's Studies Association Journal, Spring 2001

"...An inspiring book ..."
NY COP Online Magazine

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