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GRPD encourages women to join the force through the Women's Summit Open House

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City of Grand Rapids



Grand Rapids Police Department says women considering a career in law enforcement often have unique questions and concerns, something the department is looking to answer during its Women’s Summit Open House, aimed at encouraging more women to enter into the field.


The event will be held on Saturday, May 22 running from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Masonic Temple parking garage.


Female officers, supervisors, and command staff from different units will be on hand to discuss their backgrounds, current assignments, and experiences with the GRPD.


Lieutenant Maureen O’Brien, one of the event organizers, said in a statement she hopes to show women the various opportunities there are within law enforcement.


"There are a lot of myths out there. This is an opportunity for women to hear directly from female officers about their experiences, everything from the physical requirements of the job to balancing work and family life. We also will talk about different roles within the department. Most people know about the job of a patrol officer, but sworn officers have a variety of assignments, including the detective unit, recruiting, and resource officers who work with specific community partners,” O’Brien said.


O'Brien has been with the Grand Rapids Police Department for 29 years. The Lieutenant says it's a career that she'd recommend.


“We want to help women understand the opportunities and career paths available to them. It has been a very fulfilling career for me and one I would strongly encourage other women to consider," she said.

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