Benefits and Burdens of Diversity in Policing: Lesbian and Gay Officers Share Perceptions

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Building on race- and sex-based research about law enforcement as a workplaces, this exploratory study seeks to determine the level of workplace integration that lesbian and gay officers perceive. Based on survey data from sixty-six police officers, this research will highlight the political, cultural, and institutional barriers that make diversity in policing more challenging. Public policy and administrative alternatives will be considered as mechanisms to address these barriers.

Keywords: Police, Diversity, LGBT, Employment Policy
Stream: Gender and Sexuality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English

Dr. Roddrick Colvin

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Management
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

New York, NY, USA

Roddrick Colvin is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition to his interests in employment policy, he is also interested in gay rights, hate crimes, and international human rights policies. He currently teaches courses in public administration, human resources management, and policy analysis.

Dr. Colvin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University (Bloomington), a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. from the University at Albany (New York).

Ref: D08P0230