Sexual harassment and police discipline

Sue Carter Collins (Department of Criminal Justice, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Publication date: 1 December 2004


The occurrence of sexual harassment in policing is a national problem. Indicative of the significance of this problem are the increasing numbers of sexual harassment complaints filed by female officers against their male counterparts. Less apparent is whether the harassing officers are disciplined for these acts. This article sheds light on the subject by providing an analysis of the disciplinary measures taken by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission against law enforcement officers found guilty of sexual harassment. This article describes the role and responsibilities of the Commission, the regulatory body charged with disciplining law enforcement officers in Florida. The article concludes that, despite evidence of the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in Florida law enforcement agencies, the numbers of sexual harassment cases in which the Commission accepts jurisdiction are minimal and the discipline imposed is often insubstantial.



Carter Collins, S. (2004), "Sexual harassment and police discipline", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 512-538.

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