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Female police officers increasing in Lima

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For those working in the department the hiring of male or female officers simply means the LPD family is growing. For those working in the department the hiring of male or female officers simply means the LPD family is growing.
For years, LPD could not hire women officers because they failed to receive female candidates. For years, LPD could not hire women officers because they failed to receive female candidates.

Since 2015, the amount of female sworn officers with LPD grew by five to a total of eleven. However, the numbers increase is not limited to sworn officers. The Lima Police Department also employs 18 non-sworn women.

“Since I've been working here, I've definitely seen an increase in female employees working here, both patrol and civilian,” explains Patrolmen Amy Glanemann. “It's very comforting to know that we're hiring more female officers and employees.”

“At the time when I joined the police department, there were actually three female officers at that time. One was a sergeant, one was a detective, and one was a patrolman. We have grown from there,” states Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin.

Yes, the growing numbers of a plus. However for years, LPD could not hire women officers because they failed to receive female candidates.

“Sometimes a lot of good, qualified women candidates would feel they wouldn't get a fair shake at getting hired,” says Chief Martin. “Women have the same opportunities as men. They're not discriminated against, at least not at the Lima Police Department. My hope is that we will continue to see that candidate pool grows.”

For those working in the department the hiring of male or female officers simply means the LPD family is growing.

“I knew going in that being a female was going to be a little bit different just because females are a minority in law enforcement. Coming into Lima, they accept you,” says Patrolmen Ashley Knippen. “It's like they become family very, very fast. It's like I have brothers on the street. It's like I have sisters on the street. It's increasing family members.”

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