AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Police Department is inviting women who are interested in a career in law enforcement to come to an upcoming recruiting event designed just for them.
Out of 330 employees there are only 30 women in the Amarillo Police Department, and they want to see more.
“We want to assure other women that are thinking about trying law enforcement that although we are small in numbers, we are here, we enjoy it, it’s a great career. And you just can’t have law enforcement without diversity, without women, with minority groups," explains APD Sergeant Carla Burr.
The APD wants to recruit women by showing them why their presence is needed.
“I think it’s really important that we make sure it’s known that the opportunity is available for women out there, just as much as men. And there is so much opportunity at the police department and here in dispatch for growth for women just as much as men," says APD Emergency Communication Specialist Summer Strickland. "They each have a unique role, and it is very important to have women in both atmospheres.”
Their all female recruiting event will be held on May 2 from 5 to 7 in the evening where they will have women in the department answer any question that is thrown their way.
“They can ask any kind of question and if it’s an issue of childcare, then bring your children and we will figure it out because we want the ladies to come if this is something they are interested in,” says Sergeant Burr.
They will also explain many perks of the job.
“We have a massage chair, which is an amazing opportunity that we can use during our breaks, we have a decompression room with weights, a treadmill and a row machine. I absolutely encourage all women who are starting their career or possibly ending their career to come out and check it out because we would love for you to apply,” says Strickland.
You can check the APD facebook page for more information.