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Modesto Police Seeks To Add Women To The Force

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Female police officers are growing in number across the nation. Law enforcement is looking for more diversity among its ranks and the competition is high.

The Modesto Police Department is holding a special seminar for women in law enforcement on Saturday to hire more female recruits.

In the 70’s, women accounted for only one percent of sworn officers in police departments in the U.S, today it’s 12 percent.

Sargent Chris Adams is the recruiting officer for Modesto Police and he says departments statewide are looking to increase that percentage.

“We as a police department are about 7 percent when it comes to sworn women but over the last three years 13 percent of the people we’ve hired have been women,” says Adams. 

Adams has 25 police officer positions opening up, and says with a starting annual salary of $66,000, it’s a career worth pursuing.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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