The skills that make women good police officers also make them good leaders of other officers, says the president of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. Good communications skills, an ability to resolve problems through negotiation, and a healthy ego serve the female police officer on the street, and in the upper ranks of law enforcement agencies, said association president Susan Kyzer.
The Houston Chronicle reports about 50 top female law enforcement executives met in Houston last weekend for their 10th annual conference, attending seminars and meetings aimed at honing their leadership skills, recruiting more police officers and partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Kyzer, executive director of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, said women in law enforcement have to overcome their male counterparts’ perceptions – and their own issues – about succeeding in the field. “Women also have to have confidence in themselves,” Kyzer said. “I daresay that most women on the job today still feel that they have to be better, stronger and outdo their male counterparts in order to be accepted by their peers and among their shift.”