The research sample involved male-male, male-female, and female-female patrol teams who had participated in violent confrontations with citizens during 1983, based on the New York City Police Department's Firearms Discharge/Assault on Officer report forms. A total of 3,701 incidents were analyzed. The research found no differences in the amount of physical injuries between male-female patrol teams and male-male patrol teams. Overall, it found no basic difference between the ways a male or female officer, working in a patrol team, reacts to a violent confrontation. The findings showed that the male partner in male-female teams is more likely to discharge a firearm than the female partner. Finally, police officers are more likely to become injured during a pure assault type of incident than any type of incident that may involve the use of a firearm. Implications of the research for police training and the myth that female police officers cannot handle violent conflicts with the public are discussed. Tables and approximately 40 references.