The San Antonio Police Department is looking to hire, and they’re looking to hire from a specific group: women.
That’s why SAPD held a special “Women in Policing” event on Saturday. The event was meant to inspire women to serve the city on the police force.
“As females, sometimes we can talk ourselves out of doing things, so it’s important to hear other females that have the same story, same background, and it becomes relatable, not only to us as officers but these awesome ladies,” Officer Shanus Bennett said.
From a Q & A to traffic stops and physical ability tests, the end result is a sisterhood, good pay, benefits, and no slack.
It all took place at the San Antonio Police Academy, where close to one hundred woman were put through a series of scenarios, like what to do at a traffic stop when a weapon or drugs are involved.
Recruiting more women is crucial to SAPD because police experts nationwide say that increasing the number of women officers is key to community success.
“It’s encouraging to see these women out there, amazing, hardworking, and ambitious,” Nadia Juarez said. “So it makes me believe any woman can do it, especially myself.”
It’s a way to get ahead if you’re interested in law enforcement, which is something some of the ladies will be taking with them as they join their male counterparts.