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Women In Law Enforcement

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Have you considered a career in law enforcement? Being a police officer can be the most fascinating and satisfying career you could ever choose.

Let us tell you about the advantages.

  • It is challenging! When you go to work, you never know what you will be doing that day. It could be taking reports of crimes, counseling a runaway girl, arresting a wanted person, helping an elderly or lost person, or any one of a thousand other things. There is certainly no routine in this job.
  • It is rewarding! If you like to help people, this could be the job for you. Every day, you are called to assist people in a time of crisis. They turn to you for the help and advice they need. You can make a tremendous impact on their lives. You can help a young child avoid becoming a victim, or an offender. You can help people make their neighborhood a safer place. Every day, you will go home knowing that you have made a difference in someone's life.
  • Policing today has professional standards and high expectations of those who enter. The police are often the first, and sometimes the only, contact many citizens will have with a government representative. Police actions can influence attitudes about the entire government system.

The Colorado Springs Police Department prides itself on the level of professionalism to which all officers are held. Recruiting women is an integral part of building a police department that is representative of the community it serves.

Today's policing environment is more receptive than ever before to the unique skills that women bring to policing. Yet, there are still myths about women in law enforcement.

Myth: Police applicants need to already know a lot about self-defense, laws and using firearms.

Fact: Many police applicants have no background in any of those things – many have never fired a gun, studied criminal law or done any kind of martial arts. CSPD pays police recruits while they attend about 24 - 26 weeks of training. The training will teach new police officers all of the basic skills needed to be a police officer, such as:

  • Constitutional, state and traffic laws
  • Defensive tactics and physical training
  • Firearms training and defensive driving
  • Investigative procedures and report writing
  • CSPD policies and procedures
  • New technologies

After completing the academy, new officers ride with a Police Training Officer for 15 weeks to begin applying new skills to real-world situations.

Myth: Women aren't thick skinned enough to be good police officers.

Fact: Police officers are exposed to undesirable and sometimes traumatic incidents. Compassion and empathy during those times serves the community well. Many of the interpersonal skills women traditionally possess are invaluable to effective policing.

Myth: Police work requires people who are physically imposing.
Fact: Police work is not all about size and muscles. You do have to pass a job-related physical ability test, but good general physical conditioning is more important than size or strength.

Myth: It is very difficult to be a mother and a police officer while working varying shifts.
Fact:  Shift selection occurs annually.  Many CSPD women are working mothers. Some are single mothers.

Myth: Being a female police officer is very different from being a male officer.
Fact: Badges come in gold or silver, not pink or blue. Policing is a challenging and rewarding profession limited only by the abilities of the individual officer. There are thousands of successful women in policing today. As more women have entered the profession, there is greater acceptance among their peers and the public.

Myth: Female police officers encounter relationship problems with loved ones who cannot accept their chosen profession
Fact: When someone enters a profession that could involve danger, there is some apprehension by those who care about that person. CSPD offers ride-along programs and family education programs that help alleviate the fears of family members by allowing them to see first-hand the amount of backup and support officers receive from peers.

Myth: Career paths for women in law enforcement are limited.
Fact:
Opportunities for CSPD women are unlimited and a few options include (list not all inclusive):

  • TEU / SWAT
  • Detective
  • K9 Officer
  • School Resource Officer
  • Homeless Outreach Team
  • Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • Training and/or Recruitment