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For female forces, the Women Officers topic provides news, articles, and tactical tips to help take the fight to the bad guys. There was a time that a female officer was a rarity among the ranks, but today thousands of women stand on the thin blue line, serving on tactical teams, training other officers, working as detectives, and leading entire departments.

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News

Calif. police and female lieutenant reach $150,000 deal

Lt. Robin Heinemann said in the suit that the department was 'rife with overt hostility and disparate treatment toward female officers' - Full Story

News

Fired Federal Park chief gets her job back

Fired in 2004 after complaining publicly that her department was understaffed and underfunded - Full Story

News

Sheriff's deputies, suspect in Ohio trailer park shootout are ID'd

Deputy Suzanne Hopper was investigating reports of gunfire in the area Saturday when she was killed - Full Story

News

Video: Fatal Ohio trailer park shootout captured by TV station

Patrolman Jeremy Blum is wounded in the video; Deputy Suzanne Hopper was killed responding to reports of gunfire - Full Story

Columns

Fit for female cops: Crossbody carry and different regions of the body Tom Marx - Casting a Critical Eye on Weapons Technology and Training

Fit for female cops: Crossbody carry and different regions of the body

Different regions of the body, aside from the waistline, can accommodate a crossbody holster setup, but many considerations must be taken into account - Full Story

News

Video: Discrimination in kissing cop case?

Video: Discrimination in kissing cop case?

The dash-cam video shows the female officer caressing and kissing the chief while a suspect sleeps in the back - Full Story

News

Manhunt underway for armed Calif. inmate

Used a stun gun on a female deputy and escaped with her gun while being transported to the hospital - Full Story

Videos

Don Alwes: Long Gun Options for Women on Patrol

Betsy Brantner-Smith sits down with Don Alwes to talk about purchasing patrol rifles for women. Some women can be intimidated by purchasing rifles. Don discusses the benefits of using a patrol rifle and what factors to look for when making that purchasing decision.

Videos

Debbie Gardner: Women in Law Enforcement: Advice from a Trailblazer

Betsy Brantner-Smith sits down with Debbie Gardner, female law enforcement officer and founder of the Survive Institute. She discusses how difficult it can be to recruit young women for law enforcement positions because of unrealistic expectations. As one of the first women in the U.S. to be assigned partol duty, alone, Debbie understands the insides and outs of what it is like to be a woman in this industry. She has advice for other women in the same position today.



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