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The Columbia Police Department Pledges to Advance Women in Policing to Improve Public Safety, Community Outcomes, and Trust in Law Enforcement

The Columbia Police Department joins more than 35 other law enforcement agencies in signing the 30×30 Pledge – an effort to advance the representation and experiences of women in all ranks of policing across the United States.

The ultimate 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 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, not just gender.

According to national statistics, women make up 12% of sworn police officers and less than 3% of police leadership in the U.S., numbers that have remained stagnant for decades. This underrepresentation of women in policing can affect community perceptions.

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

In contrast, at CPD, females make up 20 % of sworn police officers.

Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook says, “The Columbia Police Department continues to make tremendous strides in hiring, retaining and promoting female police officers. We recognize the value of gender equity and helping advance women in policing, especially in leadership roles. This effort is not a trend but rather an important part of our mission and vision.”

The 30×30 Initiative is affiliated with the Policing Project at NYU School of Law and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE).

For more information in the initiative, visit


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