UVa Police Department to hire 30% more women by 2030

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'The University of Virginia Police Department is making good on its promise to increase the presence of female officers on the force by 2030.

Women currently account for about 29% of UPD employees—42 of 141 total—putting the department on track to reach its 30x30 goal on time.

Earlier this year, the department enrolled in the national 30x30 initiative, a consortium of police leaders and researchers who are committed to improving the representation and experiences of women in policing agencies.'

The 2019 National Institute of Justice special report states that women in law enforcement face common barriers including discrimination and harassment in a male-dominated industry, sexism, oblique physical assessments and a lack of professional support in the workplace and opportunity.

Research from 30x30 shows that women in law enforcement use less moderate and excessive force; are named in fewer complaints and lawsuits; are perceived by communities as more honest and compassionate than male officers; make fewer discretionary arrests and see better rehabilitative outcomes for crime victims with particular care for sexual assault victims.

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