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.
Guns Before Butter.
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.
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!
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