Farmington Police Dept wants more women to join the force

Posted at: 04/04/2013 6:20 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Nationwide, 14 percent of law enforcement officers are women, but in Farmington, it's only 6 percent - just 7 out of the 113 officers are women. But, the Farmington Police Department is trying to change that.

For Michele Delese, becoming a police officer was a childhood dream come true.

"I actually wanted to be a police officer since I was a little kid, I would watch television and that was always cool," said Delese.

She became a teacher instead, but after taking a ride along with a police officer she decided to make a career change.

Delese is one of seven women currently on the farmignton police force, but the department is hoping to find more recruits over the weekend.

Delese says that sometimes woman are afraid to join the force and get behind the wheel because they're afraid they're not going to be able to do the job or take care of their family, but in reality, it's the exact opposite.

"A lot of the woman I talk to they might have three kids and no husband and the father's not in the picture, and they're like 'I just can't do it with my kids,' but yeah they can," she said.

Besides benefits offered to police, there are also a lot of opportunities for career specialization.

For Delese, that growth came when she made the jump from patrol officer to eventually becoming the coordinator of the School Resource Officer Division.

"It was almost second nature to me to work with the schools and the students," she said.

Female Recruitment Day is Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Safety City in Farmington.