Author ORCID Identifier
Clinkinbeard - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1839-2877
Research indicates that women are still underrepresented in policing and that police culture is not fully accepting of its sisters in blue. As police organizations strive toward building an inclusive workforce, we must understand how women, already in the field, view their place and experiences within their jobs, organizations, and workgroups. Thus, in the current research, we use a comparative sample (n¼832) of male and female officers to examine perceptions of fit in the job, organization, and workgroup, and how these perceptions relate to reports of workplace incivilities. Findings indicate that women "fit in" with the job and the broader agency, but they are less likely than men to feel they belong within their workgroup. This relationship was partially mediated by workplace incivilities, indicating that women’s experience of subtle forms of discrimination partially explains their lower levels of fit in their workgroup.
Rief, R. M. & Clinkinbeard, S. S. Exploring gendered environments in policing: Workplace incivilities and fit perceptions in men and women officers. Police Quarterly, 23(4), 427-450. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098611120917942