Can American Police Close the Gender Gap?

August 6, 2019

August 6, 2019: Erica Hicks left a comfortable job to fulfill her dream of becoming a New Jersey police officer.

“I want to give back to my community,” she says. “I want to protect and serve.”

But thanks to a new fitness test imposed by a little-known state commission, the odds for her success have considerably decreased. In just one year, since the rule created by the New Jersey Police Training Commission was enacted, New Jersey almost tripled the rate of women failing police academy physical tests.

An investigation by Asbury Park Press and USA TODAY NETWORK delves into the gender gap in New Jersey's police force and provides statistics for female representation within police forces in other U.S. states.

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