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From the Publisher"Wells and Alt offer a well-written and noteworthy monograph of women in police work. Beginning with a brief but concise history of women in US policing, the authors examine the broad range of challenges faced by women who desire to be police officers. They then scrutinize the many difficulties faced by women officers today, most paramount being sexual and gender harassment. These difficulties are further witnessed by the fact that currently only about 10 percent of sworn officers are women. Ending on a positive note, Wells and Alt accurately outline the important advantages women bring to law enforcement, especially in the present context of community policing. This volume would be good supplementary reading to a wide variety of courses on policing and law enforcement. Recommended. Most levels/libraries."