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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 29, 2007

Department of State Seeks to Recruit Police Women for International Civilian
Police Mission

On June 20, 2007, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs, the Initiative for Inclusive Security, and the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars convened a police consultation to identify
strategies for increasing the recruitment of U.S. policewomen for international
civilian police missions. Research indicates that the inclusion of women in
police units improves internal dynamics and performance, decreases the
incidence of excessive force, and encourages community-oriented policing,
emphasizing crime prevention over crime control.

Most stakeholders acknowledge the need to increase the number of women police
officers in overseas peace missions, however, few women have applied for these
positions. One result has been that, as of April 2007, only 23 (7.8%) of the
Unites States' contribution of 295 police officers to UN sponsored police
missions are women. The objective of the consultation was to bring together
police officers, experts in international policing, recruiters, and leaders of
U.S. police agencies to identify strategies for increasing the number of
applications by U.S. policewomen.

Female U.S. officers currently serving in Liberia, Afghanistan, and Lebanon
joined leaders of the National Center on Women and Policing, the National
Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the International Association
of Women Police, private contractors, and others at the Police Consultation.
Together, the group developed concrete approaches to improve incentives,
facilitate recruitment, and improve outreach.
This consultation is a first step in a productive dialogue among the U.S.
Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs, its contractors, policewomen, and police agencies.
For further information please contact:

* Carla Koppell, Director of the Initiative for Inclusive Security,
* Susan Pittman, Senior Public Affairs Advisor, INL, 202-647-2842

Released on June 29, 2007

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