Grand Rapids Police Department hosting first recruitment event for women

West Michigan

The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) is hosting a women in policing recruitment event Saturday, May 18. This is the first recruiting event of its kind held by the department, which currently has 44 female officers.

GRPD is committed to attracting qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the community it serves. This informational session features all women officers and is open to everyone. It is geared toward women 18 years or older who have an interest in law enforcement and becoming a Grand Rapids police officer.

The recruitment event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in Room 3043 at GRPD headquarters, 1 Monroe Center Ave. NW. The free event includes a light lunch and validated parking. Child care arrangements may be made by calling 616.456.3301. Business casual attire – pants or skirt, blouse, closed-toe shoes – is recommended.

To register for the event, CLICK HERE.

A panel of female Grand Rapids officers, supervisors and command staff assigned to patrol and specialized units such as Major Case Detective Unit and the Community Engagement Unit will discuss their backgrounds, current assignments, challenges and experiences during recruit training as well as life as a Grand Rapids officer.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the sworn personnel and representatives from the City’s Human Resources Department.

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.”

For more information, please email O’Brien at or call 616.456.3541.

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