The Fayetteville Police Department is looking to make the force more female. Saturday, the department hosted its first ever female recruiting event.
“It’s important that the force mimics the demographic of the area and we’re 50% women out there,” says Nannette Meers, Fayetteville Police Officer.
“The first thing people think of us is being fragile and emotional but in law enforcement, it makes you more discipline. It makes you confident to know that there’s not a discriminate between men and women,” Tiambria Malone, Aspiring Police Officer
Malone says law enforcement sets the tone that women and men shouldn’t be discriminated against. As a female officer, she hopes to make a difference for not only the community but with other females that share the same dream as her.
“Be that change, be that face of change especially for my minority as a black woman. We don’t have a lot of African American women that want to go into law enforcement and I want to be that mentor especially for young women of my age,” says Malone.
“I have a daughter and I want her to know that women are strong and able to do whatever they want. And if that’s being in the police department or being on a fire department, I want to show her that’s she’s not held back,” says Amy Rhodas, Aspiring Police Officer.
Fayetteville PD currently has 10 female officers.
Officer Meers says she’s been able to add a different perspective to cases that bring an ease to the public, like in domestic violence calls.
“I’ve gotten reactions from females in the situation that say, “oh my gosh I’m so glad you’re here. I’m so glad there’s a female officer here,” It brings a little bit of calm for her in that situation,” says Meers.
She hopes this trend continues.
“I think women are strong and we need to be in this kind of field,” says Meers.