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August 22, 2009

LONDON POLICE TO TRY NEW TACTIC FOR PROTESTS: PUT WOMEN OFFICERS IN CHARGE

Guardian, UK - The Metropolitan police have announced a new strategy for next week's Climate Camp - putting women officers in charge of the operation. . . 'Women are less likely to resort to batons, pepper spray or quick cuffs to get out of trouble, and more likely to use negotiation to talk someone down,' says Professor Jennifer Brown. . . Perhaps the most noted American researcher into gender differences in policing, Joseph Balkin, observed that "policemen tend to see police work as involving control through authority, while policewomen see it as public service". In some respects at least, he concluded, "women are better suited for police work than men." . . . At least one study published in a leading US police journal, which concluded that female police executives tend to be "more flexible, emotionally independent, self-assertive, self-confident, proactive and creative than their male counterparts." Male police executives, on the other hand, were "more authoritarian and prejudiced". . . The authors of Men, Women and Police Excessive Force: a Tale of Two Genders conclude that the average male police officer in the US costs from 2.5 to five times more than the average woman officer in compensation payments for excessive force; is nine times more likely to have an allegation of excessive force upheld against him; and is three times more likely to be named in a public complaint over the use of excessive force.

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