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SUNY Cortland Police Officer Receives National Attention


SUNY Cortland has announced that Lt. Danielle Salisbury of SUNY Cortland University Police will receive national recognition from 30X30 Women in Policing.

30X30 Women in Police is a coalition of police leaders, researchers and professional organizations who look to advance the representation and experiences of women in policing throughout the country.

“The New York State University Police are proud to have Lt. Salisbury profiled by the 30×30 Initiative,” said Mary Sullivan Ritayik ’97, New York State University police commissioner and SUNY Cortland graduate. “She represents many female officers in this field who dedicate their career to helping others in their community.”

Lieutenant Salisbury recently came up with the first-ever SUNY-wide embroidered uniform badges that show support for LGBTQA+ campus community members. The idea started off as a goal to strengthen the bond between University Police, the school campus, Cortland, and the wider LGBTQA+ community.

“Her dedication to building community trust and her initiative to raise awareness for the LGBTQA+ community demonstrates her progressive leadership,” Ritayik said. “I am happy to see her moving up in the career ladder as she sets a great example to other female officers and demonstrates that career advancement in this field is attainable.”

SUNY Cortland University Police continues to lead their example for gender equality as their agency has joined with 30X30 to pledge to increase their percentage of women officers in their rank from 20% to 30% by 2030. The pledge also included promoting women to higher levels in rank. Women currently make up about 12% of sworn officers and 3% of the law enforcement leaders in the country.

According to 30×30, having more women in policing isn’t just a matter of inclusion, but a boost to public safety. Research cited by the group indicates that women officers use less excessive force, are named in fewer complaints and are seen on average as more honest and compassionate.

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