Importance of Gender Diversity in School Security

May 30, 2023, 1:42 PM

(from Campus Safety) Hiring female security officers can improve school security efforts. Female security officers may be more likely to identify signs of gender-based incidents and can be a resource to female students and staff who don't feel comfortable reporting these incidents to a male security officer. Female security officers are also likely to have a different approach to conflict resolution than their male colleagues. Women are less likely to approach an issue with initial aggression than men and are often skilled in problem-solving through a diplomatic lens that focuses on communication. Obstacles to hiring women officers include a smaller applicant pool and bias in hiring and acceptance. 

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