n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Performance of female police officers in a male dominated environment : replacing myths with reality

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The first appointment of women within police services occurred abroad a little more than a hundred years ago. Although a woman was used for the first time in 1845 to do work for the police, the actual appointment of women as police officials was not considered until the late 1890s. The tasks of these first "police women" merely consisted of carrying out domestic tasks and to be involved with work of an administrative nature.

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