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Marie retired after 32 years of service. She joined in 1974 and was one of the first four women to join and the first Black woman to wear the USCP badge. In March of 2022, the United States Capitol Police has 328 female officers; 160 are women of color. Ms. Johnson paved a path to make it easier for those who followed.
STATEMENT BY WIFLE: TRANSFORMING LAW ENFORCEMENT BY CHANGING THE FACE OF POLICING
The tragic death of George Floyd has awakened the consciousness of federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations across the globe. His devastating loss has resulted in a nationwide movement where the ensuing peaceful protests have gained the nation's attention and sparked a clarion call to all police departments to stop the senseless and brutal excessive use of force against African Americans and other minority groups throughout our society.
As a non-profit organization, WIFLE Foundation, Inc. and our membership organization WIFLE, Inc., have been working to change the culture of law enforcement for the past 21 years by increasing the percentages of women in the profession. Research has shown that female officers are proven as competent as their male counterparts, are less likely to uses excessive force, are less likely to be accused of excessive force, improve law enforcement’s response to violence against women, implement community policing, and reduce problems of sex discrimination and harassment with law enforcement.
Transforming Law Enforcement by Changing the Face of Policing (PDF) Submitted to the White House by: Women in Federal Law Enforcement, along with coalition partners: Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, National Asian Police Officers Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Latino Police Officers Association and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
WIFLE and Coalition Partners' Joint Statement of Support for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report: Citing the Urgent Need for Transformational Culture Change in Policing through the Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of Women and Minorities Press Release, Joint Statement Supporting 21st Century Policing.