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Personal Perspectives: Challenges for Women in Policing within the
Caribbean

Karen Lancaster-Ellis

Abstract
Female police officers in the Caribbean have faced the same challenges as their
counterparts in North America and other democratic nations. Sexual
harassment, gender discrimination, and organizational reservations to assigning
females to many patrol or investigative assignments and promoting them to
decision making and executive positions continue to pose challenges to women
law enforcement officials in this region. One benefit however has been the
trend for female police officers to not engage in corrupt, deviant, or abusive
activities. The author, a practitioner, will share her perspectives and
experiences.

Keywords: Women in Policing; Caribbean; Sexual Harassment