Is law enforcement a male dominated field ?I need this for my criminal justice class

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Having worked in the juvenile correctional system and as a current crisis volunteer in the county jail system, I believe that law enforcement is currently a male dominated field, but that is changing. There are still men within the system who do not want women in the law enforcement field, believing that women are not suited to this field of work.  Attitudes can still be an issue which I have experienced first hand.  Change is coming, however, as more of the new recruits are women, more of the judges are women, and more of the jail personnel are women.  In 2012, in my opinion, we are not yet on a par with women and men in law enforcement, so the simple answer to your question is yes, law enforcement is still a male dominated field.