DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – To conclude Women’s History Month, the Durham Police Department is taking another step towards integrating women into its force.
The department is one of 140 police forces across the country that have signed the 30×30 promisewhich has set itself the national goal of increasing the proportion of women in the recruit classes of the police to 30 percent by 2030.
“According to the organizers of 30×30, women make up only 12 percent of sworn officers and only 3 percent of police leadership in the United States,” Durham Police said. “The 30×30 promise is a research based Program that establishes the hiring, retention and advancement of qualified women as a strategic priority.”
In addition, Police Commissioner Patrice Andrews said the department has always been proud to hire women officers either in the field or in managerial positions.
“For several years, the Durham Police Department’s female sworn ranks have typically been above the national average,” Andrews said. “When I signed the pledge to join the 30×30 Pledge movement in November 2021, 17% of our police officers were women.”
She continued: “The Durham Police Department already had a set of best practices that endorsed the 30×30 scheme. However, this department recognizes the value that qualified women officers and candidates in other underrepresented groups have in improving public safety. We look forward to officially implementing the 30×30 Pledge as part of our recruiting strategy.”
The 30×30 program is also a strong business case for promoting women in policing, Durham Police said.
Specific benefits cited were that women have proportionately fewer instances of violence and civic grievances, and that women tend to be more effective in their interactions with diverse communities.
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