The Grand Rapids Police Department wants more women to protect and serve its community.
The department will be hosting a recruitment event especially for women from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 18, in Room 3043 at GRPD headquarters, 1 Monroe Center Ave. NW.
It is an informational session geared toward encouraging women 18 and older to join law enforcement and become a Grand Rapids police officer. The event is the first of its kind held by the department, which currently has 44 female officers.
The event will feature a panel of female Grand Rapids officers, supervisors and command staff who are assigned to patrol and specialized units such as Major Case Detective Unit and the Community Engagement Unit.
They will discuss their backgrounds, current assignments, challenges and experiences during recruit training, as well as offer glimpses into life as a Grand Rapids police officer.
Lt. Maureen O’Brien, commander of the Community Engagement Unit, said women make up 14 percent of the department.
“If we want more women in our department and in law enforcement, we have to be proactive and generate that interest,” O’Brien said. “For a long time, there has been a sentiment that law enforcement was a man’s field. I believe it’s a great field for women. If you’ve ever wondered about a career in law enforcement, please attend this session to learn about this challenging and fulfilling career.”
The event is free to the public. For more information visit the Grand Rapids Police Department website.