"Policewomen: The First Century and Beyond" Lecture to Feature
Plainsboro Police Chief Elizabeth Bondurant at MCCC Mar. 27


In commemoration of Women's History Month, Mercer County Community College will pay homage to women in law enforcement with a lecture entitled "Policewomen: The First Century and Beyond." Dr. Peter Horne, coordinator of MCCC's Criminal Justice Program, will present an historical overview and Plainsboro Township Police Chief Elizabeth Bondurant will describe her real life experiences.

The talk takes place on Thursday, Mar. 27 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, CM 110, on Mercer's West Windsor campus. It is free and open to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. Peter Horne and Plainsboro Police
Chief Elizabeth Bondurant

April 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of women serving as fully sworn officers in the United States. According to Dr. Horne, policewomen currently constitute approximately 14 percent of the nation's police personnel. In New Jersey, six women serve as chiefs out of approximately 450 police departments, while three counties out of 21 have women at the helm of their sheriffs' offices. "Despite progress, there are still obstacles women strive to overcome. Stereotypical images, the brass ceiling, and sexual harassment are among the issues that unfortunately persist," said Dr. Horne, author of Women in Law Enforcement (Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Second Edition). Horne added that women have brought about many positive changes in policing. "Chief Bondurant is helping to pave the way for women in law enforcement. She will speak about critical issues and look to the future."

Bondurant joined the Plainsboro Police Department in 1983 and worked her way up through the ranks, serving in the Patrol Division and Detective Bureau. In 1987, she was appointed sergeant, in 1994 lieutenant, in 2004 police captain, and in 2007 chief of police. Since 1996, she has taught a variety of courses as an adjunct professor for the MCCC Criminal Justice Program.

Bondurant earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg State College, and a master's degree in Criminal Justice Management from Jersey City State College. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and is designated as a New Jersey Supervisory Certified Public Manager in the Law Enforcement Program. She has received numerous professional awards.

MCCC's Criminal Justice Program focuses on two areas of concentration: law enforcement and corrections. Graduates from the program earn an associate in science degree and are prepared for careers in criminal justice and for transfer to four-year institutions.

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