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Diversity, Gender Balance and Inclusivity in Law Enforcement

As part of the BJA Executive Session on Police Leadership’s diversity focus, the National Research Center (NRC) is working with one of our topic groups headed by Pam Antil. The work began at our Executive Session on Police Leadership (ESPL) meeting in early 2017 where Angelica Weddell of NRC videotaped interviews with several of the participants.

Over 50 percent of employees in local and state government are women, yet women represent less than 20 percent of the most senior executive level positions in government. That number is even less when it comes to women in policing. Only about 13 percent of the total of sworn officers in the U.S are women and less than 2 percent are chiefs.

While women have made progress in the workplace, there is still much to be done to move the needle forward. The introduction video captures comments on the documented value of diversity to any organization and to law enforcement in particular.

The BJA ESPL wishes to thank the National Research Center for its contribution to our work.

Also see:
Women in Police Leadership Tell Their Stories Part 1.
Women in Police Leadership Tell Their Stories Part 2.
Women in Police Leadership Tell Their Stories Part 3.

This video is produced and sponsored by National Research Center, Inc. ( NRC ). NRC is a leading survey research and evaluation firm focusing on the information requirements of the public sector. Their team of social scientists provides results of reliable opinion data from residents, employees and other stakeholders for performance measurement, strategic planning, budgeting, community engagement, innovation and more. Learn more about NRC at

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