Middleton Police Department commits to hiring 30% sworn female officers by 2030

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MIDDLETON, Wis. — The Middleton Police Department announced Friday it has signed on to the 30×30 Pledge, which aims to bring more women into policing to improve public safety, community outcomes and trust in law enforcement.

According to a news release, the activities will help policing agencies assess the current state of a department with regard to gender equity, identify factors that may be driving any disparities and develop and implement strategies and solutions to eliminate barriers and advance women in policing.

“Even though the Middleton Police Department is above the national average with approximately 18% of our sworn staff being women officers, this pledge is a commitment by our agency to actively work towards increasing the representation and experiences of women officers in our agency,” said Chief Troy Hellenbrand in a statement. “We are honored and excited to be among the first agencies in the nation to make this critical commitment. We look forward to working with and learning from agencies across the country who share the same goals and vision of increasing the number of women officers in the law enforcement profession.”

The ultimate goal of the 30×30 Initiative is to reach 30% of women in police recruit classes by 2030. The initiative is affiliated with the Policing Project at NYU School of Law and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Former Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney had the Dane County Sheriff’s Office join the project before leaving his post earlier this month.