Women’s role in policing to be examined April 25

Experts Judy Bradshaw and Carol Archbold, Ph.D., will explore how diversifying U.S. police departments, specifically with women, could change attitudes and practices on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Mount Mercy University’s Flaherty Community Room, located in Basile Hall 204.

“As the number of women serving as police officers and in leadership roles has increased in the last several decades, it is important to discuss the fact that women bring a slightly different set of skills to the profession,” said Amanda Humphrey, professor and director of the university’s criminal justice graduate program. “Capitalizing on the skill sets of female officers may provide an opportunity for police departments across the country to enhance training protocols, involve more women in leadership roles, and may provide some benefits in terms of working with communities to deescalate tensions.”

The duo will discuss the history of females in law enforcement, challenges and opportunities for women in law enforcement, examples of what it is like to be a female law enforcement officer, and examples of females in law enforcement leadership roles.

Bradshaw was appointed by Iowa Governor Branstad to director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in July 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as the assistant director of the academy. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Bradshaw holds an Associate of Arts Degree in law enforcement from Des Moines Area Community College, as well as her bachelor’s and master’s in public administration from Drake University. 

Archbold is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. Her research interests include police liability, police accountability, women in policing, and race and gender in the criminal justice system. Her current research project includes an examination of citizens’ perceptions of personal safety and crime in western North Dakota.

For more information, contact Amanda Humphrey at ahumphrey@mtmercy.edu.

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