MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department has more female officers than the average department.
Sgt. Meg Hamilton says while the U.S Department of Justice reports that nationwide female officers make up 12% of the workforce in local American police departments, Madison's police department is 28% female. Hamilton released the statistics in a blog post.
Sgt. Hamilton encouraged other women to join the force by saying "We are so much more than a number."
"I have worked alongside moms, grandmas, wives, partners, sisters, daughters, aunts, and nieces. I have watched the women of MPD relate to the folks we serve from our own experiences and struggles. We count amongst our ranks immigrants and 1st generation college graduates; we hold law degrees and babies, we run triathlons and tactical calls, we are LGBTQ+ and allies, we are athletes, artists, mentors, and friends. And above all, we are human beings who put on a uniform and try to make things a little better," Hamilton wrote.
She said MPD plans to recognize some of these women over the next 12 months.