xv, 241 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -229) and index.
How it all began: what is a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? -- Women in nontraditional professions: law enforcement is big business -- The road to the chief's chair: early trailblazers and the long climb to the top -- Twists and turns on the road to the top: decisions and detours along the way -- One-agency chiefs: local girls break brass at home -- Family power brings political power: from sheriff's wife to sheriff -- Modern women sheriffs: getting elected on their own -- Big-city pioneers: the women who broke the bulletproof barriers -- Twenty-first century big-city women: is the playing field finally level? -- Women police chiefs and sheriffs: a collective portrait.
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