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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Office of the Chief of Police announces the Department’s commitment to the 30X30 Initiative.
On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, LAPD Chief of Police Michel Moore informed the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners that the Department signed the 30×30 Pledge, which is 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 across the nation assess the current state of their department regarding gender equity, identify factors that may be driving any disparities, both develop and implement strategies and solutions to eliminate barriers, and advance women in policing. These actions focus on recruitment, assessment, hiring, retention, promotion, and agency culture.
The Pledge is the foundational effort of the 30×30 Initiative – a coalition of police leaders, researchers, and professional organizations that have joined together to advance the representation and experiences of women in all ranks of policing across the United States. The 30×30 Initiative is affiliated with the Policing Project at New York University School of Law and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE).
The goal of the 30×30 Initiative is to reach 30 percent of women in police recruit classes by 2030, and to ensure policing agencies are truly representative of the jurisdiction the agency serves. While 30×30 is focused on advancing women in policing, these principles are applicable to all demographic diversity and not just gender.
Currently, women make up only 12 percent of sworn officers and 3 percent of police leadership in the U.S. This underrepresentation of women in policing has significant public safety implications. Research suggests that 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
“The LAPD recognizes that advancing women in policing is critical to improving public safety outcomes. The City has placed an emphasis on diversity, particularly increasing the number of women in police service. The 30×30 initiative will allow us to look at this issue more in depth to ensure the department reflects the communities that we serve,” said the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the LAPD, Commander Ruby Flores. Commander Flores also serves as the President of the Los Angeles Police Women and Associates organization.
Anyone interested in learning more about the 30X30 Initiative can visit https://30x30initiative.org/