DMPD Joins 30x30 Initiative to Advance Female Officers


DES MOINES, IOWA — Thursday, November 4, 2021 — The Des Moines Police Department recently joined a national initiative to improve the recruitment and retention of women within the department. The 30x30 Initiative aims to increase the representation of women in police recruit classes to 30% by the year 2030. 

Currently, women make up only 13% of sworn officers within the DMPD. In order to bridge this gap, the 30x30 initiative outlines actions that policing agencies can take to elevate the status of women in law enforcement.

Partaking in the 30x30 initiative means the DMPD is committed to: 

  • Taking measures to increase the representation of women in all ranks of law enforcement.
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are free of all bias, including gender bias and discriminatory practices. 
  • Promoting equitable hiring, retention and promotion of women officers.
  • Creating a culture that is inclusive, respectful and supportive of female officers.

Since joining the program, the DMPD has taken concrete steps to ensure that it reaches the 30% benchmark by 2030. This includes the implementation of innovative recruiting tactics and the proposition of a female-to-female mentoring program.

“When women succeed, we all succeed,” Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said. “Participating in the 30x30 initiative is an investment in the future of the DMPD and will be groundbreaking for this department.”

To learn more about this program, visit www.30x30

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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