1st Edition

Gender Inclusive Policing Challenges and Achievements

Edited By Tim Prenzler Copyright 2023
    184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gender Inclusive Policing: Challenges and Achievements is an edited collection focused on current challenges, innovations and positive achievements in gender integration in policing in different subject domains and locations. Comprised of essays by expert contributors from across the globe, the book covers a variety of topics including jurisdictional achievements (South Africa, British Isles, Scandinavian countries, Australia), women in leadership (achievements and methods, merit and affirmative action issues), performance comparisons (conduct, ethics, peacebuilding), intersectionality (Indigenous women) and women’s police stations (Argentina). The book explores and grapples with issues of recruitment, deployment and promotion; obstacles to equity; effective integration strategies; management, conduct and policing styles; race and ethnicity; and specialisation.

    It is an essential resource providing practical exemplars for police managers involved in gender-equity programmes and for professionals involved in advanced-level research, teaching and consulting.


    Tim Prenzler

    1. In the Forefront of Female Policing?: Women in the Scandinavian Police Forces

    Silje Fekjær and Andreea Alecu

    2. Gender-based Reforms in Kenyan Policing – Reflection

    Resila A. Onyango and Mangai Natarajan

    3. Advances in Gender Equity in British Policing

    Wendy Laverick and Emma Cunningham

    4. State-Rebuilding and Equity: Women in the South African Police Service

    Elrena van der Spuy and Rita Retief

    5. Policing in Conflict: Women and the Afghan National Police

    Melissa Jardine, Fatima Kashefi, Kawsar Abulfazil and Oana Neagu

    6. Affirmative Action Recruitment Strategies in Australian Policing: Three Case Studies

    Tim Prenzler and Jacqueline M. Drew

    7. Police Stations for Women and Families in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Jess Rodgers, Kerry Carrington, María Victoria Puyol, Máximo Sozzo and Vanessa Ryan

    8. Overcoming Barriers of Gender and Race in Policing: Australian and New Zealand Examples

    Sheena Fleming, Tim Prenzler and Janet Ransley

    9. Women in Police Leadership: Making Rank as a Marker of Progress?

    Marisa Silvestri, Jennifer Brown and Jenny Fleming

    10. Issues of Merit and Affirmative Action in Police Promotion Systems

    Jacqueline M. Drew and Carol A. Archbold

    11. Gender and Police Officer Attitudes towards Ethical Behaviour

    Sanja Kutnjak Ivković, Michael E. Meyer and Maria (Maki) Haberfeld

    12. Male/Female Differences in Behavioural Indicators of Police Integrity

    Tim Prenzler, Tyler Cawthray and Louise Porter

    13. Women, Policing, and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict States

    Loene M. Howes

    14. Learning the Lessons: Developing a Model Program for Gender-Inclusive Policing

    Tim Prenzler and Jacqueline M. Drew


    Tim Prenzler is a Professor of Criminology in the School of Law and Society at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. His research interests include crime and corruption prevention, police and security officer safety, security industry regulation and gender equity in policing. His books include Regulating the Security Industry: Global Perspectives (2018, Routledge, with Mahesh Nalla), Civilian Oversight of Police: Advancing Accountability in Law Enforcement (2016, Taylor & Francis, with Garth den Heyer) and 100 Years of Women Police in Australia (2015, Australian Academic Press).