The evolution of women in American law enforcement


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  • The evolution of women in American law enfrocement
  • In 1845 women began working as matrons in New York City's jails
  • In the late 19th century many police departments hired widows of police officers as a way to give them a "death benefit".
  • In 1910, Los Angeles Police Department swore in Alice Wells as the country's first "policewomen" with badge #1.
  • Around 1910-1940's competition for jobs increased between men and women.
  • I'll get the job
  • This job will be mine
  • In 1968, Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship were the first female patrol officers who were assigned responsibility for car 47.
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