Leading Women in Policing
"As a Chief in the largest police department in the Southeastern United States, I have had the opportunity to interact with many women from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. One issue continuously becomes a topic of conversation: the lack of leadership training to advance to higher levels within their departments. Recognizing the positive outcomes well-diversified law enforcement agencies experience, I have developed a series of leadership courses designed specifically for women in law enforcement.
The courses are gender specific due to the low numbers of women achieving positions in command. Although tremendous strides have been made in recruiting and retaining women, there remains a substantial gap between the numbers of men and women in the ranks of lieutenant and above.
These courses address areas that women historically have had little exposure or training, hindering their ability to compete for command positions. These skills include, but are not limited to identifying leadership styles, building leadership skills, recognizing areas of communication breakdown, along with incorporating balance and stress management into their lives.
It is critical for the future of women in law enforcement that we adequately prepare them to move forward and be competitive in their respective fields. Studies have proven the recruitment and retention of women in law enforcement has had a significant and positive impact in policing. Few instructors are able to provide the unique combination of not only serving with the Miami-Dade Police Department for over 30 years, but also conducting research on this crucial subject. The topic of my dissertation entitled “Success Factors of Women Who Have Achieved Positions of Command in Law Enforcement” focused on a national survey of women from the rank of sergeant to chief, targeting specific issues impacting advancement in policing.
I urge you to examine the current representation of females within your organization and I encourage you to make the most of this opportunity and take the lead in promoting women in law enforcement. Courses are readily adapted to suit your individual departmental requirements."
- Dr. Karin Montejo
40 Years of Experience
1000 officers trained
100 departments participated
It lit a fire in me. It has unleashed a lot of creative ideas in me. I’m excited about my job for once in a very long time.
Thank you for everything – this class has changed my life!
Fabulous – has strong credibility, respect for participation, wealth of knowledge – does an excellent job of facilitating the course by balancing lecture and interaction.
Karin Montejo is an accomplished leader in law enforcement who we can learn from. She has a proactive, positive approach to the issues that affect women in law enforcement today.