Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:57 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Jan 21, 2013 6:29 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Police Department welcomed its newest class of cadets today. The 71st training class of 25 PD hopefuls has 12 women making it the class with the largest number of women Corpus Christi PD has seen in a training class ever.
Police Chief Floyd Simpson said, "I think we're doing well and I think that we'll have a good outcome with men and women that are going to serve this community for a long time."
Chief Simpson has been trying to increase the number of women on C.C.P.D.'s force since the Department Of Justice sued the police department.
The D.O.J. said the C.C.P.D was discriminating against women; specifically noting the physical fitness tests were unfair to women. Since then, the police department has made some changes.
The department started hiring year round (instead of accepting applications during a small time frame), they've hired a full-time police recruiter who targets C.C.P.D. prospects from all over the country and they've offered seminars geared toward attracting more women to the force.
Female Senior Officer Denise Pace said, "We offered some women in policing seminars so they could come in and talk to female officers and several of them commented that once they attended the women in policing seminar they were hooked."
Chief Simpson said the 71st class is going to go through some tough training and when the day to help comes the proof is going to be in the pudding.
"I've been on my back before fighting suspects off of me on the mean streets of Dallas in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the country," Chief Simpson said, "and it made no difference to me who offered me a helping hand whether that hand was black, white, old, young, male or female."
The C.C.P.D. tracked down some of the women who had previously failed the physical fitness test to give them another shot if they wanted it. Four of the women who came back are part of the current class.
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