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Answer by Tim Dees, retired cop and criminal justice professor, Reno Police Department, Reno Municipal Court, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Police Department:
Law enforcement has improved with regard to the way women are treated in the workplace as compared to the 1960s, when the first women entered mainstream policing. Some of the first female patrol officers were required to wear skirts and pump-type shoes and carried their firearms in a shoulder bag. Prior to that, women were mainly relegated to investigations involving children and handing of female prisoners. Read more