Tulsa Police Department pushes for more female officers

    Tulsa Police Department pushes for more female officers (KTUL)

    When Tulsa Police Officer Ashley Kite puts on her uniform, there's a sense of pride in protecting Tulsa.

    She's been doing it for the last 14 years.

    "Honestly, I love it," said Kite. "I've grown tremendously from the experiences I've had. There's no other job that can offer such a variety of things on a day-to-day basis."

    Being an officer takes guts and dedication, and it's definitely not for everyone, but the department could use a little diversity.

    "I think there's a lot of women out there that would be absolutely suited for this job and for whatever reason they may be hesitant," said Kite.

    Out of more than 800 sworn Tulsa police officers, only about 100 are women.

    "We want to be more representative for the City of Tulsa," said TPD recruiter Cpl. Billy White.

    Cpl. White says he's always looking for new ways to attract more female officers in a male-dominated field.

    He came up with the idea of hosting the event, "Women in Policing Day."

    "This is the first that I know of that we've tried something like this, so we're pretty excited and hope we have a good turn out," said White.

    The "Women in Police Day" is kind of like an abbreviated version of the police academy. The women will learn combat skills, how to shoot a gun, and hear from female officers about their experience on the force.

    "We want to show that anyone can do it," said Kite. "If you have the passion, there's nothing intimidating about it."

    It's all about showing that police work doesn't discriminate when it comes to gender.

    The "Women in Policing Day" event is free to the public and will be held Jan. 4 at the Tulsa Police Academy.

    There is still plenty of time to sign up, so for details, head to the TPD Facebook page or contact Cpl. Billy White here.

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