Half of new Police University students are female

There's been a growing number of female candidates going into Finland's police academy.

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One of Finland’s most male-dominated professions is in the process of changing.

Half of the new students who started classes this week at the Police University College are women.

According to the police’s own statistics in 2018 out of 400 new students 256 were men and 144 women – or 31%. That means there’s been a significant increase in the percentage of women getting accepted to the Tampere college in just the past year.

“This outcome brakes the general view that police profession is male orientated. Various abilities determine whether a person is capable to work as a police officer. However, gender is not one of them!” the college says on social media.

To get in police college applicants need to pass a written examination; a fitness test;  psychological tests; a personal interview; and individual and group tasks. Applicants also have to be Finnish citizens who graduated from upper secondary school and have no illness or injury that would prevent the applicant from working as a police officer.

In 2018 there were a total 4069 applicants, but only 400 were accepted.

According to Police College, female students have been particularly active in the student union, or chairing their own courses and classes. So far, four out of the five student chairpersons at the Police University College have been women.

Even majority of police officers are still men, police school finds that by a class at the time the distribution levels out.

“The more we have different people from different backgrounds, the better the police as a whole!” the college writes on social media.