The History of Women & Minorities in the Police Profession


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How did police departments in the late 19th and early 20th century justify hiring female police officers?

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1. Before WWII, what sort of police work did most women do?

2. When did America see the first major rise in the number of female police officers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Among discussions of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice issues, one relevant topic that sometimes gets overlooked is the gender and racial composition of the police force itself. You can test your understanding related to the role of women and racial minorities in the police force with these assessment questions. Some points you'll be tested on include the history of women in the police force and barriers to racially-inclusive policing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Historical reasons for hiring female police officers
  • Early roles for policewomen
  • The rise in female police officers
  • History of racial segregation and police
  • Issues with recruiting racial minorities to the police force

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall some of the main points on the history and role of women and racial minorities in the police force
  • Reading comprehension - check to ensure that you understand the historical events that led to greater gender and racial equality in police forces, and some barriers to equality that still exist
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the topic to answer the assessment questions about women and minorities in police forces

Additional Learning

Go over more information on this subject by reading the associated lesson called The History of Women & Minorities in the Police Profession. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The move towards representative police forces
  • Racial minorities in policing
  • The history of women in policing
  • Barriers to equality in the police force