- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol wants to hire more women, but women apparently are unaware or aren’t interested.

The patrol has been hosting recruiting seminars for women throughout the state but has gotten off to a slow start: No one showed up to an event it hosted in Aberdeen this week.

Cortney Paul is one of South Dakota’s six female troopers, compared with the 168 men on the force. She told the Aberdeen American News (https://bit.ly/1Mo9GOp ) blamed the non-turnout on short notice and a lack of publicity for the event.

Paul said another seminar may be slated later in Aberdeen. Other seminars are planned in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The seminars are an opportunity for interested women to learn more about joining the Highway Patrol.

Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, told KCCR radio that it’s the first time the patrol has tried such a recruiting effort.



“The number of women in law enforcement is on the rise and the South Dakota Highway Patrol realizes the important role female troopers already play within our organization,” Price said.

The patrol expects to have several openings within the next year.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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