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Women Frequently 'Dismiss Police Work' In Kentucky

September 13, 2010  | 

Efforts to recruit more women into police work in Kentucky are meeting with resistance from candidates who express concern about the physical aspects of the job, reports

In the state, about 7 percent of officers are women.

Owensboro Police Officer Marian Cosgrove has been attending job fairs to recruit female officers.

According to the report, "they just laugh at you if I ask them if they've ever thought of being a police officer," Cosgrove said.

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pteinert @ 9/13/2010 9:11 AM

Interview states "The point scale increased the number of women passing the test to 55 percent, Ball said."

I disagree with lowering standards in regard to physical fitness testing to attract more females, even point scale.

We may not chase and wrestle a suspect to the ground on every shift, but I'll take the 7% of females who can as opposed to the ones who can, as the article states, multi task and communicate well. Of course there is more hurry up and wait than action, but like it or not without much notice the job becomes 100% physical. I dont care if my back up is female or male, I expect them to be both physically and mentally capable when assisting as my back up as I can theirs. And yes the physical is a bit harder for most females ..... and?

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