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A panel discusses topics that matter to women in a male-dominated field, such as professional appearance, special equipment and physical challenges.

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5 Gift Ideas for the Female Officer

Photo:randysonofrobert (flickr)

For those of you looking for gift ideas for a female officer I hope the following will help. These 5 gift ideas are items that I have found useful as part of my own personal equipment set-up.

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Female Motor Officers

Officer Tina Leman

Female motor officers, like me, are distinguished as the top 0.2% (roughly) of law enforcement. What it took to get there wasn't an average walk in the park, but there is no other specialized unit I would rather be a part of.

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How to Balance Work, School, and Family

CC_Flickr: lisaclarke

No, I do not hold any super powers giving me the ability to increase the number of hours in a day. My life was chaos until I was able to set up a schedule built on time management and communication.

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Are Physical Tests Fair to Females?

CC_Flickr: mikebaird

There's a pattern across police departments in this country where the physical ability hiring standard is higher than the physical ability post-hiring standard. A major problem with using physical ability tests as hiring criteria is that an applicant must be fit when hired, but in many police departments, they can deteriorate significantly once they obtain seniority.

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How To Stay Safe During a John Sting

CC_Flickr: Ludie Cochrane

The male and female officers who take on the undercover assignment as a prostitute often struggle with how far to carry the "walk and talk" to make a good case. The balance is no different in vice operations than when making a good drug arrest. The undercover (UC) officer must blend into the crowd, as well as lead the conversation in a safe and lawful way.

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How to Plan a 'John' Sting

CC_Flickr: Daquella manera

Attacking prostitution in a certain neighborhood or industrial strip usually involves undercover (UC) officers attempting to solicit street-walkers and placing them in steel bracelets. However, a "john" sting can be another effective way to combat the problem.

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Competency Trumps Gender

It wasn't until I became the first female to reach the rank of lieutenant and subsequently commander in my organization that gender became the focus. The media and the public were trying to shine a light on what I had spent so many years successfully deflecting and it was making me extremely uncomfortable.