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OKC police, fire department pushing for more female applicants


FIREFIGHTERS. Anchor: KOCO JONATHAN COOPER HAS MORE. Reporter: THE OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE SAY FEWER AND FEWER WOMEN ARE APPLYING TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS FACING THE SAME PROBLEM SO THIS MONTH BOTH AGENCIES HAVE PARTNERED TOGETHER OKLAHOMA CITY LEASE HAVE MORE THAN 1000 SWORN POLICE OFFICERS MOST ARE MEANT ONLY 107 ARE WOMEN. I WAS A GIRL OUT PLAYING COPS AND ROBBERS AND NOT WITH THE DOLLS. Anchor: THEY ARE HAVING A HARDER TIME FINDING WOMEN SO DECEMBER 12 THE DEPARTMENT IS HOLDING A CAREER FAIR FOCUSED ENTIRELY ON WOMEN, FEMALE OFFICERS ARE VITAL ESPECIALLY IN CERTAIN CRIMES. THERE ARE SEXUAL ASSAULT TYPE CALLS WHEN FEMALE OFFICERS ARE REQUESTED JUST BECAUSE THE VICTIM MAY FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE. Reporter: IT IS NOT JUST POLICE, THE OKLAHOMA CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND TO RECRUIT FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS, ONLY TWO PERCENT OF THAT DEPARTMENT ARE FEMALE. THERE IS NOT A BIG PUSH, THE TRAINING IS TOUGH BUT

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