Behavior: The Women in Blue

Family quarrels are a recurring nightmare for policemen, who frequently end up on the receiving end of a warring couple's wrath. In an effort to be more effective at peacemaking, an increasing number of police departments are now trying a new strategy. They are sending policewomen to do what was once strictly a male cop's job. The reason: women seem to calm these disputes far better than men. "Some of these families will call you back two or three times a night," observes a battle-tested Indianapolis patrolman, "but I've noticed that when the...

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