SALEM, Ore. – Oregon State Police has signed the 30X30 pledge.

It’s a national initiative that aims to bring more women into policing, “The ultimate goal…is to reach 30 percent of women in police recruit classes by 2030. And to ensure that policing agencies are truly representative of the jurisdictions they serve.”

OSP Major Teresa Bloom says currently, only 12 percent of sworn officers and 3 percent of police leaders are women, ‘But, we’re not even at the national average. So it’s super important to our agency.”

And she says the pledge is a public safety issue, “There’s research that suggests women officers use less force, they’re named in less complaints, are perceived by communities as more compassionate, and set better outcomes for victims.”

More than 250 agencies – from major metro departments including the New York City Police Department to mid-sized, rural, university, and state policing agencies – have signed the 30×30 Pledge.

For more information, visit www.30x30initiative.org.

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