Bloomington Police pledge to hire more female officers

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 12:59 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - New Bloomington Police Chief Jamal Simington is backing a plan to hire more female police officers.

The department sent out a news release Tuesday announcing it is taking the 30x30 pledge. The ultimate goal is for 30% of the force to be women by the year 2030.

Currently, just 7% of sworn officers at BPD are women, said Chief Simington in a prepared statement.

“We will be deliberate and intentional over the next decade in shaping our department’s culture, hiring practices, promotional testing, and a mentorship program to help all officers’ equal chance to succeed,” the chief said.

‘I encourage women and others who are interested in serving and partnering with the public to give the Bloomington Police Department a look,” Simington also said.

The news release cited research suggesting women officers use less force and less excessive force, are named in fewer complaints and lawsuits, are perceived by the public as being more honest and compassionate, and they’re work leads to better outcomes for crime victims, especially sexual assault victims.

The 30x30 Initiative is affiliated with the Policing Project at the NYU School of Law and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

More information can be found on the 30x30 website.

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