The Benefits and Supervisory Styles of Women Police Leaders

Blake Beaton, Natalie Todak, John A. Shjarback

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While research has identified four main police supervisory styles, it is unclear whether the framework accurately represents the supervisory styles of women. We explored the benefits of promoting women in policing and examined their supervisory styles, drawing on interviews with 38 ranking women. Participants attributed three benefits to promoting women – diversity, people-orientation, and conscientiousness. All 34 who described their supervisory style fell into one of the four previously identified categories. Most common was innovative (50%), then supportive (32%), traditional (12%), and active (6%). We link findings to calls for gender diversity up the ranks of law enforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFeminist Criminology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


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