LATEST PROJECTS

Women in Policing:
Pathways to the Field & Experiences in It

Collaborators

Samantha Clinkinbeard

Rachael Rief

Funding

CPACS Inquiry Grant

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Description

We are using in-depth, qualitative interviews to explore women’s pathways into law enforcement; successes and challenges on the job, including current realities of the policing profession; and their thoughts on the recruitment, promotion, and retention of women. The hope is to provide insight into what motivates and keeps women in the field, as well as what challenges they face and how these are managed.

Project-Related Publications

Clinkinbeard, S. S., Solomon, S. J., & Rief, R. M. (2021). Why did you join the force? Motives and fears of men and women police officers. Advance Online Publication. Criminal Justice & Behavior.

https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854821993508

Clinkinbeard, S. S., Solomon, S. J., & Rief, R. M. (2020). Who dreams of badges? Gendered self-concept and policing career aspirations. Feminist Criminology, 15(5), 567-592.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1557085120937799

Rief, R. M. & Clinkinbeard, S. S. Exploring gendered environments in policing: Workplace incivilities and fit perceptions in men and women officers. Police Quarterly, 23(4), 427-450. 

https://doi.org/10.1177/1098611120917942

Clinkinbeard, S. S. & Rief, R. M. Four steps to bring more women into policing. Police Chief, April 2020, 40-45. https://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine-issues/april-2020/

Gender, Personality, & Career Motivation in Policing

Collaborators

Samantha Clinkinbeard

Starr Solomon

Rachael Rief

Funding

Urban Research Grant

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Description

Generally speaking, we are interested in exploring various motivations and personality characteristics associated with entry into, and persistence in, the field of policing and whether they differ for males and females. Analysis for this project comes from surveys of current police officer and college students.