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Danielle MatteucciSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIDS-400 Milestone One
To begin, my topic for the final project will be based on the issue of diversity in law enforcement. From what I see and know already, there is not enough diversity in law enforcement, and because there is not, less people trust police and other law enforcement officials. Every community should feel protected by police officers and other officials, but people do not because of the lack of diversity. I am a white, female, and I know there are races and communities who do not feel protected by white officers. I cannot blame them because of what has been shown on the news- in the past and what types of stories continue to be shown. I chose this topic because my major is criminal justice, and I plan on going into a law enforcement field. Personally, I believe it is important for me to have a better grasp on diversity and how to apply it and notice it in my career. Besides the lack of non-white races being present in law enforcement, there is also a small percentage of women. I believe women are given a hardtime when it comes to wanting to be apart of a force or agency. Therefore, I would like to dive into this topic to learn about how other women paved their way into success. History is about learning the past to better understand our future. Before modern times, there were not many women in the police force. Women were not even really accepted into the military until the mid-1900s. Men have always been seen as superior to women. Women’s roles now are different than they were about a century ago. Women have come so far already, and theycan only continue to move forward. Presently, “...women officers (in part due to their perseverance and ability) are increasingly becoming not only accepted, but a fundamental and vital part of contemporary policing” (Lanier, M. M. 1996).Furthermore, the majority of people joining the police force join for the same reasons: wanting to help others, benefits, and job security. It has always been this way, but police agencieswant and need a variety of people to join. There have been more women and non-white people in

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