Women in Law Enforcement: Navigating Police Culture

August 28, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

This webinar will explore the enduring challenges women encounter in the law enforcement profession and offer strategies to navigating the police culture in an effort to encourage female interest in the field, and to ensure future generations of female leadership in policing.

In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Explore challenges women encounter in the law enforcement profession
  • Be exposed to personal and professional strategies needed to successfully navigate the police culture
  • Discuss the importance of Succession Planning and identifying opportunities to mentor and coach female recruits, officers, and first line supervisors

Other Webinars in this series include:

June 6: Women in Law Enforcement: Physical Fitness Standards & Testing
July 24: Women in Law Enforcement: Promotion & Assignment
Sept 25: Women in Policing: Performance & Outcomes


Dr. Cara Rabe-Hemp has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Criminal Sciences at Illinois State University since 2001. She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2006 and was promoted to Professor in 2015. In 2014, Dr. Rabe-Hemp was selected as the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences’ inductee in the CAST Academy of Achievement and in 2016. Dr. Rabe-Hemp was awarded the CAST Outstanding Researcher Award in the tenured category.

Assistant Chief Sheryl Victorian is a native Houstonian and a 26-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.  She promoted to Assistant Chief in October of 2017, and is currently assigned to Patrol Region 2 Command.  As a Division Commander, Chief Victorian was assigned to South Central Patrol.  She held the position of lieutenant for over two years, and was assigned to the Training Division and the Child Sexual Abuse Unit.  During her seven years as a sergeant, Assistant Chief Victorian was assigned to Southeast Patrol Division, Investigative First Responders Division, Child Sexual Abuse Unit (formerly Juvenile Sex Crimes), and the Reactive, 30-day, and Proactive Units of the Internal Affairs Division.  As an officer, she spent 11 years of her career as an undercover investigator assigned to the Major Offenders Division.  She also worked as a Gang Task Force Officer and Patrol Officer in the Southeast Patrol Division.  Chief Victorian had a brief opportunity to work the night shift murder squad in the Homicide Division prior to being promoted to sergeant.