Mark43, 30x30 Initiative Partner on Getting More Women Involved in Policing
Thursday, March 31, 2022 | Comments

Mark43 announced a partnership with the 30x30 Initiative, a national effort housed in the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law, to advance women in policing.

Currently, more than 150 law enforcement agencies have taken the 30x30 pledge: a commitment to increase the representation of women in police recruit classes to 30% by 2030. Beginning March 31, Mark43 and 30x30 launched the first in a series of listening sessions that bring together women from police departments for facilitated conversations to share insight and problem solve. The March 31 session included participants from the Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore Police Department, Hyattsville Police Department and American University Police Department.

"We are thrilled to partner with 30x30 to advance the representation and experiences of women in policing agencies nationwide,” said Ganesha Martin, vice president of community affairs and public policy, Mark43, and steering committee member, 30x30 Initiative. “Made possible by support from Mark43, these listening sessions will give a megaphone to women on the ground to problem solve and enact change. At Mark43, we are committed to being more than a public-safety software platform, we want to be part of the solution, and that includes addressing the historic underrepresentation of women in law enforcement. Today's listening session kick-off and our partnership with 30x30 is a step forward in our shared mission of enhancing equity across police departments."

Each stop across the country, co-hosted by Mark43 and 30x30, will be specifically designed to capture actionable insights to attract more women to law enforcement careers and support their professional development. Following the focus groups, Mark43 and 30x30 will share findings and additional recommendations for police departments.

"As the Baltimore County Police Department strives to attract more women to the profession of policing, the Department is excited to be partnering with 30x30 to host an upcoming listening session,” Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. “This opportunity provides a platform to further discuss the importance of this initiative and its impact on our communities and careers."

Nationwide, women comprise only 13% of sworn law enforcement personnel and only 3% of leadership positions. Research shows that women officers often achieve better public-safety outcomes. Mark43 is committed to supporting programs that develop public-safety workforces reflective of the communities they serve. Further, the initiative is representative of Mark43's belief that public-safety agencies must prioritize social responsibility, diversity and inclusion. Communities thrive when they see themselves represented in local policies, practices, and personnel, the company said.

"We are grateful to Mark43 for their leadership, support and advocacy for women in policing,” said Maureen Quinn McGough, co-founder and chief of strategic initiatives for the Policing Project at NYU School of Law. “Mark43's generosity through these listening sessions will provide critical insight into the experiences and priorities of women in blue across the country, allowing us to better develop programs and strategies to support them and transform police department culture so that women and other under-represented officers don't just survive, but thrive. We look forward to growing our partnership as we work toward our shared mission of a safer, more inclusive future."

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