MN State Patrol pledging to recruit 30% women by 2030

(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) announced on Friday that they are pledging to increase the number of female troopers and support staff to 30% by 2030.

Col. Matt Langer signed the 30 by 30 pledge, a nationwide initiative to advance women in policing.

“We know diversity brings value, and more women in law enforcement will strengthen law enforcement and our relationships with the communities we serve,” Langer said.

Women currently make up about 10% of MSP’s sworn officers, which is 3% higher than the national average for similar agencies, according to MSP. Likewise, only 3% of police leadership across the country is made up of women.

“This pledge means we are actively working toward improving the representation and experiences of women officers in our agency,” said Lt. Col. Rochelle Schrofer. “We’re committing to growing a culture that is inclusive, respectful and supportive of its female troopers.”

By taking part in the 30 by 30 initiative, the State Patrol 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.

To learn more about the 30 by 30 program, CLICK HERE.