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RCMP holding recruitment event for women in Saskatoon

Presentation will focus on what it's like to be a female RCMP officer
Reported by Trelle Burdeniuk
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The RCMP is looking for more women to wear the red serge and hopes to find them in Saskatoon tonight.

A special career presentation specifically for women is being held at the University of Saskatchewan.

"We're hoping that this will give females an opportunity to maybe have a comfortable, open forum where they can ask questions that maybe they woudn't have asked if there were some males in the room," said Cst. Amy Forbes, who added those questions could center around the balance between shift work and family life or be about maternity leave.

Forbes said the career presentation will outline how to join the RCMP including qualifications and what life is like at the training facility in Regina.

"We're also going to put that personal spin on it and direct it more towards what it's like being a female in the RCMP and how that may differ from being a male in the RCMP."

To help provide that personal perspective, there will be female RCMP officers attending the presentation to tell their stories and answer questions. 

Forbes, who has been with the RCMP for four years, said they are actively working to get more women in policing.

The basic qualifications needed are: Canadian citizenship, a valid non-restricted driver's licence, high school diploma or GED Grade 12, good character and health, proficiency in either English or French and be at least 19 at the time of graduating from the training facility.

The presentation is in Arts Room 146 at the U of S from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

tburdeniuk@rawlco.com

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