GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Police Department is hosting its first ever recruitment event for women in hopes of attracting more female officers. 

Currently, the department has 44 female officers -- but it hopes the May 18 event will change that. 

The police department says it's "committed to attracting qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the community it serves."

Lt. Maureen O’Brien, commander of the Community Engagement Unit, said women make up 14 percent of the department.

“If we want more women in our department and in law enforcement, we have to be proactive and generate that interest,” O’Brien said.  “For a long time, there has been a sentiment that law enforcement was a man’s field. I believe it’s a great field for women. If you’ve ever wondered about a career in law enforcement, please attend this session to learn about this challenging and fulfilling career.”

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The recruitment event is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the GRPD headquarters, located at 1 Monroe Center Ave NW. It is geared toward women who are 18 years or older and have an interest in becoming a police officer. 

A panel of female officers, supervisors and commanders of the Major Case Detective Unit and the Community Engagement Unit will be there to discuss their backgrounds, current assignments, challenges and experiences during recruitment. There will also be a chance for attendees to ask the panel questions and chat with some of the city's human resources department.

Anyone in need of child care arrangements while at the event can call 616-456-3301 and set that up. More information about what the wear and register for the event can be found here.

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