Chief Beverly Harvard of the Atlanta Police Department and Chief Jan Strauss of the Mesa, Arizona Police Department will be stepping down as chiefs of police this year. Both women were the first female chiefs in their departments. Additionally, Beverly Harvard was the first African-American female chief in the U.S. and Jan Strauss was Arizona’s first female chief. Both women are members of the National Center for Women & Policing’s Advisory Board. Harvard’s term will end next week, and Strauss will retire on November 30th. The loss of two of the nation’s female chiefs coincides with what appears to be a decrease in the percentage of women in policing. According to the NCWP’s Status of Women in Policing Survey, women comprised 14% of sworn staff in police departments with over 100 officers in 1999; in 2001, women were only 12.7% of all officers. This in the representation of women in policing is thought to be a result of poor policing recruitment efforts, cutbacks in affirmative action, and the expiration of 1970’s consent decrees that mandated increased hiring of women. With women accounting for only 7.3% of all top command positions, the NCWP bids a regretful goodbye to Chief Harvard and Chief Strauss, but congratulates them on their new opportunities and on all they have done to break down the barriers for women in law enforcement.
Media Resources: The Arizona Republic, 6/5/02; Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/2/02
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .