Posted: Apr 1, 2021 / 3:53 PM PDT
Updated: April 1, 2021 / 3:54 PM PDT
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A national campaign to raise the level of women law enforcement officers has taken root in Las Vegas.
The Department of Public Safety for the City of Las Vegas on Thursday signed the 30 × 30 Pledge – a series of measures agencies can take to improve the representation and experience of women in law enforcement.
The goal is to hit the 30 percent mark for women in law enforcement recruitment classes by 2030 and to ensure that law enforcement agencies are truly representative of the jurisdiction for which the agency has jurisdiction, according to the City of Las Vegas press release.
Currently, women make up only 12% of sworn officers and 3% of the police force in the United States.
Louis Molina, chief of the Las Vegas City Department of Public Security, said it was an honor to be one of the first agencies in the nation to make this commitment. “I look forward to working and learning from agencies across the country that share our priority,” he said.
While 30 × 30 focuses on advancing women in law enforcement, these principles apply to all differences, not just gender.
“We are grateful to the Las Vegas City Public Safety Department for being one of the first in the nation to commit to being part of this growing movement,” said Maureen McGough, co-founder of the 30 × 30 initiative.
“We strongly believe that empowering women in policing is critical to improving public safety outcomes. We look forward to more agencies following the lead of the Department of Public Safety of the City of Las Vegas in signing the Pledge and enhancing women’s representation and experience in policing. “
More than 35 agencies have signed the 30 × 30 pledge.
Research suggests that female officers:
- Use less force and less excessive force
- Are mentioned in fewer complaints and complaints
- Are perceived by communities as being more honest and compassionate
- Better results for crime victims, especially in sexual assault cases
More information is available at www.30x30initiative.org.