Journal of Social Sciences

ARE FEMALES SUITABLE FOR POLICE DUTY?

Bamboo Chen and Kuo-Wei Lin

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2013.89.93

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 3

Pages 89-93

Abstract

Police work is a masculine job that needs physical strength and force and thus it is male-dominated working environment in Taiwan as in other countries. Under gender mainstreaming, Taiwan’s society has gradually adhere the basic female human rights for equitable employment, with one example being that the Special Examination for Police canceled limits on quotas for females in order to offer equal opportunity employment. However, police often have to face uncertain dangerous situations and so under real operation conditions, if policewomen are exposed to dangerous situations, does this meet the requirements of “protection of maternity” in R.O.C. Constitution? This study finds that females generally perform better in the examination and hence the number of Taiwan’s policewomen is set to significantly increase in the future. If this situation continues, then the fact that policewomen request equal employment on the one hand and request being protected on the other hand may affect the operations of police authorities. This study aims to explore: Whether or not women are suitable to engage in police work?

Copyright

© 2013 Bamboo Chen and Kuo-Wei Lin. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.