CMPD looks for more women to join ranks

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking for more women to join its ranks.

The Department held a recruiting event Tuesday at the CMPD Police Athletic League Recreational Center on Spring Street in north Charlotte.

Channel 9 spoke to Deputy Chief Sherie Pearsall about the important role that women have in policing. She said currently, in most police organizations, women make up only about 12% of the staff.

“Women bring a different vibe to policing,” Pearsall said. “Women bring a different perspective. Where we lack brute strength, we bring compassion.”

CMPD pledges to increase the amount of women in its recruit classes to 30% by 2030.

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