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Doug Wyllie

Doug Wyllie has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips aimed at ensuring that police officers are safer and more successful on the streets. Doug is a Western Publishing Association “Maggie Award” winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column. He is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Lynne Doucette

Lynne Doucette

Lt. Lynne D. Doucette is a patrol supervisor and defensive tactics trainer with the Brunswick (Maine) PD. Prior to being the first female promoted at BPD, she worked as an undercover detective assigned to the state narcotics task force.

Patricia Teinert

Patricia Teinert

Patricia A. Teinert has been a Texas peace officer since 1984. She has served as a patrol officer, investigator, and member of a juvenile gang and narcotics task force. She is currently a patrol officer with Katy ISD Police Department.
Women in Law Enforcement

Entering a Male-Dominated Profession

To be successful as a cop, focus on your skill set, not your gender.

June 02, 2011  |  by Sandy Jo MacArthur - Also by this author

For women beginning their careers in law enforcement, it's important to recognize that it's still a male-dominated profession. Just don't focus more than you need to on that point.

In today's day and age, women have made tremendous strides working in male-dominated professions. Men have realized that we offer an incredible asset to the profession. With that said, policing will most likely continue to be male-dominated for years to come.

As long as your agency isn't Neanderthal-dominated, you should be successful. Your best chance at being accepted and successful is to be absolutely competent. Don't expect to be given anything because of who you are or who you know. Expect to be treated with respect because you can demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities during times of calm as well as in the heat of battle.

When those who fall closer to the line of "Neanderthal" give you a difficult time, be sure to stand up for yourself. Ensure you're on solid ground with your skill set in place. Your competencies will rise above the B.S., and so will the support.

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Don @ 6/8/2011 3:59 AM

I worked with five women in my department. Any one of them could kick ass. I'd hear grumbling from some of the guys and I told them, "If this was Survivor, you'd be voted out and they'd still be here."

Anonymous @ 7/3/2011 3:01 AM

Some of the Neanderthal men are the biggest kiss asses & dopes on this job, but get by while the women that work have to work that much harder. And the cowardly bosses will take that Neanderthal man because they are afraid of their own shadows. This is what law enforcement has become these days.

Anonymous @ 4/13/2018 12:16 AM

I am the first female Officer this city has ever had, in a department of 8 total Officers, including the Chief and Assistant Chief.

I am a little over a year on the force. Coming from a wild land fire background, there is defiantly a huge learning curve. The guys I work with are not as helpful and accepting as I had hoped or expected, but despite that I am doing better every day. I stay focused on bettering myself instead of winning their approval. I remain steadfast in forging that trail for the other females that will come in behind me. Hopefully I am building something they can stand firmly on.

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