The Nation: Arresting Preconceptions

Women's liberation notwithstanding, most residents of large U.S. cities probably still harbor an untested suspicion that police patrol duty is men's work — tough, grueling and occasionally filled with split-second dangers. A study released this week by the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., a law enforcement research organization, upsets almost every facile objection to women on patrol. The survey compared 86 male with 86 female officers on the capital's police force for a year and found little difference in the abilities of men and women to deal with violent, or potentially violent, situations....

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