CJUS 601 Understandability discussion replies

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Brittany post- From the very beginning, male officers and administrators were skeptical and critical regarding the introduction of female officers in the police department due to their perceived emotional and physical weakness, which makes them more prone to being harassed or attacked (Shahid & Farooq, 2020). Inappropriate comments, ostracizing behaviors, critical remarks, intimidating tactics, demands, direct threats, and even physical damage to self or property are various different types of manifestations of harassment experiences in the workplace. According to Shahid & Farooq (2020), the intricate nature of their jobs, such as accompanied work demands, task completions, excessive work hours, and overburden, are determinants of psychological distress.

Ephesians 5:4 states, “Also, there must be no evil talk among you. Don’t say things that are foolish or filthy. These are not for you. But you should be giving thanks to God”

Refernce: Easy-to-Read Version. 2008. ERV Online. https://www.biblegateway.com

Shahid, S., & Farooq, Z. (2020). Workplace Harassment, Work Overload, and Psychological Distress in Female Police Officers. Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research, 35(1), 141-161. https://doi.org/10.33824/PJPR.2020.35.1.9

Charity post-After reading this week’s article, I do not understand the results for several reasons. The main reason is due to findings that resulted in generalized statements that are biased. For example, “The prevalence of gender-related jokes (b = .567) and the belief that the department was lenient on women (b = .602) were associated with increased stress, even when controlling for traditional predictors” (Kurtz, 2008, p. 227). Furthermore, “Interestingly, being an African American man was associated with a higher likelihood of experiencing burnout, but this relationship was not statistically significant for African American women or White women” (Kurtz, 2008, p. 227).

The former quote discusses how gender-related jokes increased stress, but never discussed how a joke was determined to be gender-related. This type of judgement is relative to the person being asked; therefore, using a characteristic that can be relative can create room for bias.

The latter quote made a generalized statement that more burnout was associated with the race of a particular gender. Moreover, the judgment was made that this was not significant to the females measured within the study. Overall, how can this conclusion be justified when only African Americans and Caucasians were the key races studied? This judgement is biased since only two major races were considered within the study.

What recommendations do you have for presenting the results of this research so that a police executive could use them?

Moving forward I would recommend that these results be presented in an unbiased manner, and that there be factual explanations to explain how these results were obtained. Bias leaves room for error and mistrust. The Bible says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed” (Publishers, 2018, Proverbs 10:9). Overall, researchers must obtain and present data in an unbiased manner. Integrity is vital within the field of criminal justice because it creates an environment of trust between the researchers, public, and law enforcement; and without it, major distrust can be created.


Kurtz, D. (2008, July). Controlled burn: The gendering of stress and burnout in modern policing. Feminist Criminology, 3(3), 216-238.

Publishers, T. H. (2018). Holy Bible: New living translation. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Foundation.

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