Police chief vows to hire more women to 'get the toxic masculinity out of policing'

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'A reformist Nebraska police chief is leading a nationwide push for the recruitment of more female officers - especially black and Hispanic women - in a bid to rid policing of 'toxic masculinity' amid a national reckoning on police brutality and calls from progressive leaders to defund law enforcement.

But Bellevue Police Chef Ken Clary's efforts aimed at hiring more women in the state's third most populous city of 53,000 people have not won everyone over, with some of his critics accusing the top cop of lowering physical standards and degrading personal conduct requirements to make the job more appealing to female recruits.

Clary spoke to The Washington Post about his approach to creating a more inclusive police force, saying: 'If you’re not intentional about recruiting everyone and showing everyone that they can be successful here, you’re intentionally excluding people.'

Clary, a retired Iowa State trooper who is currently working on his PhD is criminology and criminal justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha, was the first police chief to join the 30x30 Initiative - a coalition of police leaders, researchers, and professional organizations that are pushing to increase the number of women in police recruit classes.'

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