Diversity is needed in the police force

Preston Pagel

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Having a diverse police force benefits everyone. It leads to a safer community and a stronger relationship between the police and their constituents. Along with the need for more minority police officers in local departments around the United States, great need remains for the demographic that makes up only twelve percent of the force.

According to Al Jazeera News, a female cop is far less likely to discharge a firearm and use physical force when arresting a suspect than their male counterparts. This is likely because women are better at talking down suspects and de-escalating situations through communication instead of resorting to violence at the first chance they get. as male officers often do.

Attributes that police departments are finding the most valuable in their officers are the qualities that women possess.

Penny Harrington, a former police chief of Portland, Oregon, and co-founder of the National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP) told Al Jazeera.

“All the things people are saying they want in their police forces, women are already naturally good at.”

When people call for more diversity in the police force, people attribute that to the calling of more minority police officers. Even though having more minority officers in precincts offers benefits, studies have found it to have trivial impact, in regards to excessive force. This is why the only way to effectively end the division between the minority community and police officers is by replacing men who have used excessive force against unarmed suspects, in the past, with women.

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