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Introduction Despite significant role changes for police in the past 50 years society still tends to stereotype police officers as law enforcers The complexity of modern policing however frequently encompasses the roles of welfare worker marriage guidance counsellor child mincer mediator negotiator first-aider teacher and ambassador in addition to law enforcement The increasing variety of skills that police require to become functionally competent has presented police trainers with a dilemma given the existing static resource situation teach only critical survival skills or find alternative training methods Crime is as old as society itself Yet social values and priorities change over time meaning the institutions that regulate crime and punishment must adapt As with most institutions in a democratic society accountability is an important component for the legitimacy of Canadas police Inasmuch as Parliament requires democratic legitimacy Canadas police forces require that citizens accept their authority in their respective communities Accordingly the police in Canada have made a number of structural changes to more accurately reflect the makeup and social values of contemporary Canadian society Women in the Police Force As social values have changed and the role of the police has adapted accordingly women have been embraced as productive members of Canadian police forces In September 1974 the first woman was recruited as a uniformed regular member There are more than 7000 female police officers in Canada Women accounted for 13 percent of police officer positions in Canada as of 1999 Women represent a relatively youthful proportion of police officers in Canada more than two-thirds are under the age of 35 while more than two-thirds of their male counterparts are over 35 Aboriginal and Visible Minority Police Officers Police forces are with mixed results actively recruiting people from aboriginal and visible minority communities to better reflect the society they serve In 1999 visible minorities and officers excluding Aboriginal persons made up 10 percent of the employed labour force in
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