12 Aug 2022

Will Increase in Female Officers Change Madison Police Department’s Culture?

On behalf of Jasti & Khandhar   |   Criminal Justice System

While many agree that police departments should reflect the communities they serve, this has not always been applied often enough to the gender makeup of police departments. The 30×30 initiative’s goal is for women to make up 30% of the recruits in police training classes by 2030. Currently, 28% of Madison’s 509 sworn officers are women. We hope this effort will result in a police department that reflects the diversity of our community and increases trust and engagement. We believe this is one of many reforms that need to take place to increase the legitimacy of our criminal justice system and protect the individual rights of the accused. As stated in the article, “It’s not just about getting women in the door, but on transforming police agencies by taking a deep look at policies, procedures and culture.”