New Mexico law enforcement agencies want more women to work for them. Numerous organizations from around the state are teaming up to hold the first-ever recruiting event tailored just for females.
If you’re a woman who has been interested in getting into law enforcement, but possibly nervous to take that first step, “A Powerful Force: Women in Law Enforcement” recruiting event is perfect for you.
“It can be somewhat intimidating and it still is a male-dominated profession. I think having a one-on-one with a female who has been there and you can ask about their experiences in a more intimate, less intimidating setting is great,” said Major Dina Romero, New Mexico State Police.
Major Romero says she’s noticed that more women are seeing this as a career for them.
When she joined the department 23 years ago, she was the 12th woman in the agency. She says they’re now up to 44 women. To keep that trend going, a team of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies has organized a recruiting event focused on getting women interested in public safety careers.
A panel of female law enforcement professionals will be on hand providing insight into what it’s like to work in their field. This also includes women working for the FBI, who say there are many options for women to get into public safety.
“A lot of women, when they think of law enforcement, they think it’s a badge, it’s a gun, you go do arrests, and you’re driving a patrol car. That’s not the case. I was never interested in that part of law enforcement. My feeling about it was I wanted to be a part of it but in a different way. There are so many different ways that you can serve,” said Dana Katona, a victim specialist with the FBI.
The event is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday evening at Sid Cutters Pilots’ Pavilion, Balloon Fiesta Park.
Numerous agencies will be on hand, including FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Albuquerque Police Department, and Rio Rancho Police Department.