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I do NOT want to start a war between the sexes here, but thinking such as espoused in this article really bothers me. I am quite confident that woman can do outstanding jobs as police chiefs, but in the political bizzaro world that defines the currents zeitgeist I cannot refrain from making a few comments.

First of all, the "paramilitary" style reformed the corrupt LAPD when William H. Parker took over as chief in 1950 (by paramilitary I do not mean swat teams, forfeiture laws or other things some might object to here, but rather discipline, command structure, and esprit de corps). If fighting the war on crime was failing in the 1980's, why had it beens so successful for so many years prior to the 1960's and the explosion of violent crime?

Second, this quote from the article seems to imply that there is a difference between men and women, when the party line allows no such differences when they may work to the disadvantage of females- "But others say a shifting paradigm in policing — from an emphasis on a paramilitary structure to one more reliant on communication and community relations — has contributed to the growing success of women in the field. "

In closing, I think it is great what these women have achieved. I think some of the undercurrents of this piece, however, are not so great.

Your comments?

1 posted on 05/28/2004 12:02:36 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: HenryLeeII
O'Toole joins Detroit Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, Milwaukee Chief Nan Hegerty and San Francisco Chief Heather Fong in a unique sorority.
 
Uh... not exactly.
  

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

2 posted on 05/28/2004 12:12:13 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (FReep 'em all, let God sort 'em out.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
The new police chiefs in four of the nation's largest cities — Boston, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Detroit — share some similar credentials. All boast more than two decades of police experience. All have been promoted above top performing men with far more experience. All are affirmative action appointees.
3 posted on 05/28/2004 12:12:18 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Here in Atlanta we had Beverly Harvard. As a key official in the corrupt administration of Mayor Bill Campbell, the lady wasn't well regarded in the police community -- or the civilian community, for that matter.


4 posted on 05/28/2004 12:16:24 PM PDT by Republican Red
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Maybe part of the "new paradigm" they're talking about are the recent changes allowing citizens to defend themselves.

Naw, you won't read about that!


6 posted on 05/28/2004 12:50:24 PM PDT by Redbob (still hoping for the "self-illuminating glass-bottomed parking lot" solution to the Iraq problem)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

(s)Bizare hoards of sexual fetishists are reported heading to these cites asking for "special" sovenier pictuers.(/s(


7 posted on 05/28/2004 2:10:49 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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