Breaking Barriers and Blazing a Path: Growing Women Law Enforcement Professionals

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Tue, Jul 9th, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET
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As of 2020, women make up >14% of sworn officers and 3% of police leadership in the U.S. This under-representation of women in policing undermines public safety.

Research shows women officers use less force and less excessive force, are named in fewer complaints and lawsuits, are perceived by communities as being more honest and compassionate, see better outcomes for crime victims, especially in sexual assault cases, and make fewer discretionary arrests.

Launched in 2021, the 30×30 Initiative is a coalition of police leaders, researchers, and professional organizations who have joined together to advance the representation and experiences of women in policing agencies across the United States. Over 350 federal, state, and local police departments have signed on to the 30×30 Initiative.

Join Mo McGough, co-founder of the 30×30 Initiative and the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Policing and Public Safety (EPPS) at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and Dr. Meisenholder, the Director of Gender Equity at the Policing Project, in a discussion about the 30×30 Initiative, lessons learned, promising strategies, and our path forward.



While gender equity in and of itself is important, advancing women in policing also shows promise for improving public safety outcomes and addressing some of policing’s persistent challenges.

More than 200 agencies–ranging in size from major metropolitan police departments to smaller, rural agencies–have taken the 30×30 Pledge, a series of low- and no-cost actions policing agencies can take to improve the representation and experiences of women in law enforcement. The activities help policing agencies assess the current state of a department with regard to gender equity, identify factors that may be driving any disparities, and develop and implement strategies and solutions to eliminate barriers. These actions address recruitment, assessment, hiring, retention, promotion, and agency culture. Learn more by visiting


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