Female Corrections officer
I am a female corrections officer who is going on 5 years and I can so relate to what this article says. I have shared in many ups and downs of not feeling as good as my male counterparts because as it has been said many times prison / police work is a good ole boys club.
I have even been told by a few of my male co workers that women do not belong in the prison/ corrections system or in the line of police work because we are too sensitive. However I am here to say that I feel as if I am just as good as my male co workers if not better because there are times when a convict feels more at ease to tell a female officer pertinent information.
I have also been on a "duress" where there was one other female besides myself and he was attacked by a prisoner with a weapon and she and I both responded radially and adequately.
I too have seen many male officers act as "cowboys", meaning that they get prisoners hyped up by yelling in their faces or showing their dominance and as a female officer I have learned that it is not as necessary to get the point across. What both sexes can learn is that there is always a consequence to our actions and women are just as needed as men within the department and system. In the end, I feel that a female officer can get the same tasks done but in a different manner then our male officers.