Columbia Police Deputy Chief: we need more female officers

In Columbia, women occupied 21 of 173 sworn roles in the city's police department. (FILE)

Wednesday marked National Police Woman Day. Nationwide, women make up 13 percent of law enforcement according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In Columbia, women occupied 21 of 173 sworn roles in the city's police department.

The department's deputy chief said she thinks women in the police force can bring certain advantages to the community they serve. "I think women sometimes, especially when dealing with men, we can come in and sometimes deescalate a situation a bit easier. But there are people out there that don't want to deal with women so sometimes I'll have a male counterpart take the lead," CPD Deputy Chief, Jill Schlude said.

Schlude also said women are beneficial to the law enforcement workforce. "I think the women that I've worked with here that have since retired, or left the organization, or even work here now do a good job of complimenting the workforce. Women have different life experiences and that brings something to the department," she said.

According to the department's website, the Columbia Police Department was actively looking for recruits, some of whom Schlude said she hopes are females.

"I think law enforcement is a great profession for women. I think there is a need for more women to be in the profession because I think we bring a little different dynamic to the timely conversations in the field. I hope we recruit more women. Women make up half of the population so it's always good to reflect the community," Schlude said.

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