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Pioneering Women of the LAPD

July 28, 2009

The first female police officer in the country with arrest powers, Alice Stebbins Wells, arrived in 1910 with the Los Angeles Police Department. By 1937, the department employed 39 policewomen. Women are serving in most areas of the department; they have yet to crack the elite SWAT unit, but a 2008 report led to 12 women being accepted into the training program that feeds the unit. These photos, which show several of the pioneering police women of the department, have been provided by the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.

Women's Wear

July 23, 2009

Gone are the days when a woman police officer was acting as a social worker with a badge, and they now fill as many roles as male police officers do. Many companies are adjusting what they manufacture and sell to specifically meet the needs of women police officers. This is after years of providing only unisex products and using a one size fits most business model.

Finding Uniforms to Fit Women

July 10, 2009

Like many women in law enforcement, Officer Lori Connelly of the Phoenix Police Department has had difficulty finding uniforms that properly fit her. So she was pleasantly surprised at the better options female officers now have for uniform shirts, tactical pants and other gear. She tried out the apparel for her "Women's Wear," which appears in the July 2009 issue. What she found may pleasantly surprise you.

Female Body Armor

July 9, 2009

You don't need to have majored in biology to know that men and women are not created equal-in measurements, that is. That's why female officers need ballistic vests made especially for their unique shapes. And now that women make up a more significant amount of the market share in law enforcement, body armor companies are taking notice.

Woolrich Elite Series Tactical Enters Women's Market with Women's Elite Lightweight Pant

January 5, 2009
In response to the growing number of active female operatives, Woolrich Elite Series Tactical entered the women's market with its first tactical pant designed specifically for women. The Women's Elite Lightweight Pant debuted at the 2009 SHOT Show and will be available at tactical outlets throughout the United States.

Tactical Body Armor

August 1, 2008

A selection of the newest ballistic vests designed for high-risk SWAT missions.

Female Ballistic Vests

September 1, 2007
Armor Express offers structured armor for women. The female body armor, available in two carriers, is custom sized and shaped through a specialized darting system that creates built-in cups without actually cutting the armor.

Vested Interests

August 1, 2001

Women have filled varied roles in law enforcement for nearly a century, yet only with the equal opportunity acts of the '60s and '70s did the numbers of female patrol officers rise noticeably. Subsequently, duty gear began to tentatively adapt to the needs of female officers.

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