Women in Policing

Women in Policing


Six police officers with different specialties. “This is the type of job that has a future,” says one.

"One of the few up-to-date resources available encouraging young people to choose a law enforcement career" --Wisconsin Police Journal.

DVD length: 15 minutes


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From Women in Policing DVD:
     Copyright © Jocelyn Riley

“I’m going on my twentieth year in August this year, and I can say that this job is definitely not boring. You have to be high energy, though, I think, to be an effective police officer.”

“It’s real important . . . to stay physically fit during your career. Because we keep getting older, but the suspects that we are dealing with are the same age.”

“My title at this time is neighborhood police officer. The neighborhood is approximately four blocks long and three blocks wide and is comprised of three ethnic groups. . . . It’s a small geographical space, but it’s a large population. It’s somewhere around 4500, maybe 5000, people.”

“I’m a detective, meaning that I’m a plainclothes investigator. I’m not a uniformed officer. . . . A detective’s responsibility is to follow up on any information received by the uniformed officer and prepare the case by continuing to gather other evidence and statements. . . .”

“Policing is fun. Right now I can’t really imagine doing any other type job. Especially not one that made me sit behind a desk eight hours a day doing the same type of stuff every day.”

“Mounted policing offers you an opportunity to be involved with people in a real positive role where they are drawn to the horse, and they come up and talk to you because of the horse. . . .”

“Special investigators spend their time out on the road collecting evidence or processing evidence. . . . I like my job here. It’s my city, my town, and I feel like I’ve given back to my city. This is the type of job that has a future.”