Erie Police Department hosts recruiting event for women

Did you know that the Erie Police Department only has eight women on its staff?

The department is trying to change that and hopes to attract new recruits at a law enforcement job fair for women.

The Erie Police Department hopes this event will help educate and recruit women who want to become police officers.

The department held its annual women-only career fair on March 22 at City Hall.

About 50 people participated online and four people participated in person.

“The turnout up until tonight wasn’t as high as we thought, but the reality is that we do a lot of other things on a daily basis to get this information out to our women,” Tom said. Lenox, sergeant in the Erie Police Department.

Information such as leadership requirements, salary, benefits and work-life balance were provided at this meeting.

Sergeant Lenox said more women in the force would bring much-needed diversity to the department.

“We have 180 officers. It’s embarrassing to basically tell the community, or anyone for that matter, that we only have eight women on the job, and that’s not just an Erie Police Department problem, it’s a national trend,” Lenox said.

“Mayor Schamber has a vision to reign over our rich culture, to be inclusive. So we need women in our police department so we can have that inclusiveness,” said Michael Outlaw, Community Liaison Officer, City of Erie.

Sergeant Lenox said this event was just part of what they do every day to recruit women. In fact, on March 22, a group of female patrollers, including Kayla Pound, visited Gannon University to speak to a class of students.

“I think it’s more important to bring more women into the department. I think women bring a different perspective,” said Kayla Pound, Patrol Woman.

Sergeant Lenox said it was not the turnout they expected, but he said they will continue to do everything they can to recruit more women.

“We’re going to stick to going to colleges. We will stick to military bases. We’re going to stick to community centers because that’s where they offer the job fairs,” Lenox said.

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Joseph K. Bennett