CHESTERFIELD, VA (NBC12) - The Chesterfield Police Department says it wants more diversity for its force.
Right now, 48 out of about 500 officers are women.
That means females make up only about ten percent of the force.
The department is reaching out to the community in hopes of changing the trend.
Annette Reed is taking the first step to fulfilling a lifelong dream.
A recent graduate of John Tyler Community College, Reed is ready to join the men and women in blue.
"Letting people know out in the community that I care about what goes on in their community and let them understand that when crime happens in a community, it takes not only the police but the people in the community to work together," she said.
Reed is exactly the kind of person the Chesterfield Police Department is targeting.
They're hoping to make the diversity of the force and the diversity of the area compatible.
The department also says it hopes to combat the stereotype that female police officers aren't as skilled as their male counterparts.
"They are trained with different equipment that they have on their persons. We go through a six month academy. They learn how to use that equipment and defend themselves and they're very capable of doing that, just as capable as the men are," said Chesterfield Police Capt. Lorrie Smith.
A philosophy, Reed hopes to prove.
"When a man has a baby, then he can say, but my opinion, hey I speak for girl power," she said. "We got just as much power as the guy has."
Chesterfield PD recruits year round.
The next police academy begins in just a few days with another class tentatively planned for February of 2010.
The department is accepting applications right now.
If you'd like to apply, you can find more information here.
You can also email police recruit by clicking here.