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Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination. Recommendations for the Mexico City Police Department. My Linh Do, Bill Schmitt, Julia Styles, Hsiu-Ching Wang, Zach Wincek, and Amber Zeddies. Overview. Problem Definition Policy Goals Evaluative Criteria Status Quo Alternative Policy Measures

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sexual harassment and gender discrimination

Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

Recommendations for the Mexico City Police Department

My Linh Do, Bill Schmitt, Julia Styles, Hsiu-Ching Wang, Zach Wincek, and Amber Zeddies

overview
Overview
  • Problem Definition
  • Policy Goals
  • Evaluative Criteria
  • Status Quo
  • Alternative Policy Measures
  • Recommendations
problem definition
Problem Definition
  • Inadequate measures to deal with sexual harassment and gender discrimination in MCPD
policy goal
Reduce the incidence of sexual harassment and gender discrimination within the Mexico City Police DepartmentPolicy Goal
evaluative criteria
Evaluative Criteria
  • Effectiveness at achieving the goal
  • Cost
  • Overall benefits to the force
  • Feasibility
  • Time horizon
status quo
Status Quo
  • 14% of officers in MCPD are women
  • Negative public perception of MCPD
  • MCPD is undergoing major reform
  • Sexual harassment and

discrimination occur in

many forms

  • Weak internal enforcement
alternative policy measures
Alternative Policy Measures
  • Professionalization
  • Strengthening existing enforcement mechanisms
  • External oversight
  • Sexual harassment and gender discrimination training
  • Support networks for women officers
  • Greater integration and promotion of women officers
professionalization
Professionalization
  • Improve training
  • Rigorous hiring standards
  • Code of ethics and professional conduct
  • Clearly defined paths to career advancement
  • Incentive systems to encourage excellence in public service
strengthening existing mechanisms
Strengthening Existing Mechanisms
  • Communicating policies
  • Reporting
  • Investigation
  • Enforcement
  • Discipline
external oversight
External Oversight
  • Different forms of external oversight
  • Public accountability
  • Access to information
  • Effective means of revealing, investigating, and resolving complaints of police misconduct
  • Improved police image in

the community

sexual harassment and gender discrimination training
Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Training
  • Training teaches supervisors and employees how to:
    • recognize negative effects of sexual harassment and discrimination
    • prevent their occurrence
    • enforce official policy
    • report violations
support networks
Internal Mentoring

Professional development

Role of mentors

External Support Groups

Civil society organizations

Public institutions

Support Networks
greater integration and promotion of women
Greater Integration and Promotion of Women
  • Male-dominated profession of policing
  • Benefits of female officers
  • Targeted recruitment of female candidates
  • Equal opportunities

for promotion

recommendations
Recommendations
  • Three distinct stages:
    • Immediate measures
    • Medium-term policies
    • Long-term goals
immediate measures
Immediate Measures
  • Establish a policy
  • Promote the policy
  • Start a support network
  • Enhance external oversight
medium term policies
Medium-Term Policies
  • Train supervisors
  • Train the entire force
  • Start a mentorship program
  • Strengthen reporting and investigation mechanisms
long term goals
Long-Term Goals
  • Recruit and promote more women
  • Continue professionalization
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