1970’s. During this time only two percent of police officers were women but this number has slowly grown over the last forty years (NCWP, 2013). The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevented discrimination but this was expanded in 1972 to include the police department.
This expansion of the Civil Rights Act required police departments to hire women police officers and forbid discrimination. During the 1970’swomen of color began to appear in police departments including police women working in the field and conducting same duties as their male counterparts. Women slowly began to rise through the ranks and hold positions of leadership. In 1985 Penny Harrington