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Gender bias - CCTV and surveillance

Date of event: February 22, 2011

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In collaboration with the Scottish Police College we are very pleased to offer a very limited number of specially-priced places on this half-day seminar which examines Gender Bias – CCTV and Surveillance

These places are available for academics, policy makers, and others non-police employees. PLEASE NOTE: Police staff should book through their SPOC (see below).


Women aged 21-30 account for the largest number of custodial sentences given to women in Scotland. In addition to this, Government figures show that the total number of women given custodial sentences in Scotland is at the highest level on record, with an increase of 9% on the previous year. Criminologists believe that these increasing figures reflect the increasing trend of some women to adopt behaviours more commonly associated with men of hard drinking, drug taking and violence.

This increase in visible female criminality, which is regularly featured in the media, places this problem on the community and policing agenda as a result of its anti-social nature. It is therefore more important than ever to consider how gender bias and discriminatory behaviours can impact upon operational policing, policy creation and practice.


The seminar will be an interactive session that mixes presentations, practical examples and facilitated round table discussions to challenge the possible (pre) conceptions delegates may have about gender relations and those relevant to policing. It will examine gender theory and give consideration of gender as something different to sex, looking at our personal considerations of gender and how this has impacted upon developments in social, political and economic policy and practice.

The use of CCTV is particularly interesting and important in illustrating the impact of gender theory. Preconceptions towards, and perceptions of, gendered criminality are remotely judged and have very real effects that impact upon resource management i.e. the deployment of personnel and thus crime statistics. Pro-action on the part of CCTV operatives impacts upon both time and financial resources, as well as crime itself.


This programme would be useful for all policy makers and planners. It is particularly relevant for CCTV and Force Communication Centre managers and team members.


At the end of this seminar delegates will have an appreciation of gender theory that they can apply practically both in policy and practice.


Heather Morgan is currently a Ph. D student in Gender Studies/Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. Her academic interests lie in the conceptions and practices of gender and deviances.


In collaboration with the Scottish Police College we are very pleased to offer a very limited number of places on this full-day seminar at a special rate of £75 (the normal rate for CPD events charged by the College is £150). This offer is available to all non-police officers, including academics, policy makers and planners. Please note that police officers should apply for places directly via their own Force or partner agency Single Point of Contact (SPOC).

This will be a full-day course and lunch and refreshments will be included. On arrival at the College, delegates should make their way to the reception area of the Culzean Building.

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