April 8, 2021

IMPD Aims to Recruit More Women

FILE: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

FILE: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department signed on to a nationwide effort to improve representation and advancement for women who choose a career in law enforcement.

The 30 x 30 Pledge assists agencies in pinpointing obstacles women encounter for entry and promotion within law enforcement. IMPD Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said improvement is needed to increase female representation among the department’s ranks.

“So, if we're really going to look like the people we serve, then we should be doing a better job of recruiting women into our ranks, which hasn't always been a priority in law enforcement,” Bailey said.

Bailey said women police officers are an asset to the profession.

“Nationwide, you know, it's been proven over and over again, that women use less force when interacting with the community, they’re less likely to use deadly force, they're usually more kind and considerate,” Bailey said. “As we try to change our relationship with the community, I think it's important that we recruit for those traits and attributes.”

After signing the pledge, police agencies use progress reports to outline their recruitment and promotion efforts. Participating agencies are encouraged to share their findings with one another and develop programs and initiatives to remove barriers.

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