EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department is looking for a few good women. It’s kicking off a brand new program in a couple months to help up the female numbers in the station.
Statistics show that nationwide only about 10 percent of those in emergency services are women, and the numbers here at the Eugene Police Department reflect that. The department hopes to change all those numbers with a brand new program called women in blue.
Officer Michelle Jones is in her seventh year with EPD.
“I like the fact that the job’s different every day. Each day you come to work, you don’t know what to expect. So it’s kind of an every-changing job and there’s a challenge every day,” Jones said.
While she’s not the only female officer, she’s not one of many. The Women in Blue program is the department’s way of changing that.
“The Eugene Police Department is trying to hire great candidates. We decided we’re going to focus on this effort with women and try to get women interested in law enforcement. Women typically don’t do it. We’re underrepresented,” said Capt. Jenn Bills.
Even the guys agree that a greater female presence could do a lot of good.
“We want a police force that reflects the diversity of our community, but also just reflects men and women equally,” said Officer Richard Bremer.
The program will give potential recruits the chance at some real experience.
“I would have taken advantage of it because they’re going to go through basically a mini-academy, so you know they’ll get the hands-on training,” Jones said.
EPD hopes the hands-on training will bring it some great new officers.
The deadline to apply is March 1. The program is currently looking to fill 15 to 20 positions with qualified women age 20 and above. If you’re interested, you’re asked to contact the Eugene Police Department.