University of Northern Iowa offers women’s law enforcement leadership academy

The University of Northern Iowa is hosting a women’s law enforcement leadership academy from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Office of Risk Management and Environmental Health Safety, 3219 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls.

The academy, geared toward women considering a career in law enforcement, is being hosted by UNI’s department of sociology, anthropology and criminology with support from the Iowa Association of Women Police and Iowa Department of Public Safety.

“Our department is committed to improving the gender diversity of Iowa police departments,” said Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn, professor of criminology at UNI. “Nationally, just over 12% of all sworn law enforcement officers are women, and within that, only around 3% of police chiefs are women. This is a significant disparity when women make up 50% of the U.S. population.”

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are also struggling to fill vacancies and find qualified applicants. With this in mind and recognizing that a diverse police force is more effective, departments in the state of Iowa are seeking qualified and capable women to step into the role of officers.  

The goal of the upcoming academy is to present the many career options available for women in law enforcement and to help women learn how to be successful in their future job searches. Female officers from local and state departments will be on hand to answer any questions about their careers, with representatives from Cedar Falls Police Department (PD), Waterloo PD, UNI PD, Iowa State Patrol and Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) in attendance.

Academy is free, but attendees are encouraged to register online

Pizza and refreshments will be served.


Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn, professor of criminology, (319) 273-3245

Office of University Relations, (319) 273-2761