This section will outline some police woman statistics.
Nowadays, it's very common to see a female officer on the road. Nobody gives it a second thought. But it wasn't always the case.
About 25 or 30 years ago, only a small fraction of police officers were women. And you can imagine that those women had a tough time being accepted by their male counterparts. They weren't exactly welcomed into the fold at the start.
Often, women were assigned to duties which were seen as "women's work" such as office /clerical work etc.
However, since that time, there has been a definite shift in attitudes towards female officers. Departments are now trying to recruit female officers in order to bridge the gap between both male and female officers.
In the early 1970's, less than 1% of all Police Officers were female. In the late 90's that statistic had moved to just over 9%. That number now continues to grow, and at present, it is estimated that 17% of officers in the US are female. If you look at all the supervisory and command positions, around 9% or so were women as of 2007.
Check below for some stats that show departments with higher than average number of female cops:
Miami Beach Florida department - 29% female officers
Pittsburgh Police- 23% female officers
Tucson Police - 29% female officers
FBI special agents (I know, they're not Police) - 20%
Departments which have had female police chiefs (or still do):
Portland (First major department to have female Police chief in the USA- 1985)
Mon Valley (current)
Plymouth, Connecticut (current)
Glen Ridge (current)
Chippewa Falls (current)
Hillsboro (current but retiring in summer 2010)
Below is a video of Waverly Police Department`s (Waverly, Iowa) first police woman to be hired, and some of her thoughts: