In the 1910s women police and their supporters constructed a female-gendered model of police work known as the crime prevention model. According to this model, crime prevention is the most important function of the police, and women are inherently better suited than men to be crime prevention officers. This model challenged male hegemony of the police. In the 1930s, a male-gendered model of police work, the crime control model, emerged and re-affirmed the superiority of "male" characteristics and values in police work. The crime control model still dominates American police departments today.