Positive action gender initiatives in the Thames Valley Police

Ryan, Bryony (2010) Positive action gender initiatives in the Thames Valley Police. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Despite anti-discriminatory legislation within the UK, research has established the under representation of women in policing and the historical oppression women constables have faced during their service. Whilst there are documented improvements in the number of women police officers in the UK, the number remains disproportionately low with even fewer females achieving promotion or specialisation. Positive action initiatives have aimed to improve the situation yet this research exposes a general operational confusion around the concept of ‘positive action’. This research aims to explore the efficacy of positive action in creating a long-term solution to the ongoing problem of the under representation of women in policing in the UK and specifically in the Thames Valley Police. The review of literature concerned with organisation management techniques, women in policing and police culture is discussed alongside an evaluation of questionnaires and interviews of serving Thames Valley Police officers. This discussion exposes a general mixed response to positive action initiatives, but an encouraging reaction from those who have completed positive action training. This project analyses these experiences and data in a national framework to highlight future research topics. A review and analysis of secondary data already collected by Thames Valley Police and the Home Office supports this paper’s primary research. Recommendations for appropriate change at a local policy level for the Thames Valley Police are also offered.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/908

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