Well, that's an opinion.I think there should be one set of qualification standards, and that they need to requal yearly. Cops who are out of shape or who can not say for example like they do in many FD's lift a "185 lb" dummy, and drag it to "safety" should not be accepted or be suspended if already on the force. male/female is irrellevant here.
It has not been my experience that allowing women as cops has "dumbed down" the field. In my experience, female officers bring different strengths to the job than males do, and they tend to balance each other out.If you can't qual at that level, you have no business being in the law enforcement game, or firefighting for sure. I have no problem with women cops who can meet these standards. I have a huge problem with dumbing down standards to get unqualified personel into the carreer.
Have you actually been in combat? Or, shot at?Sure I have, Let me address it again. In combat you have multiple beligerants who's motivation is to kill you. Even in Camden NJ, the "beligeants" do not want to shoot you, there is rarely more than one, and it happens infrequently with his motivation is to get away from johnny law.
I am with you on the going home to families, but women already seem to do okay on extended TDY. At least as well as men do. So, that seems moot to me. We're talking about performance of job duties.Also to add, Officers go home at the end of thier shift to thier families who live in homes which are not subject to attack, etc. .,