SAN ANTONIO -

The San Antonio Police Department is holding a special recruiting event at the end of July aimed toward attracting more female applicants to a career in law enforcement.

San Antonio Police Officer Rosemary Caudillo, who has been on the force for nine years, is encouraging women to apply, by sharing her own story of success.

“I got married when I was fifteen and had my first child when I was sixteen,” Caudillo said. “Never did I ever dream of becoming a police officer.”

Growing up on city’s south side, Caudillo said her journey to a career in law enforcement hasn’t always been easy. Dropping out of high school by the ninth grade, Caudillo said her career options were limited without an education. Working first as a full-time housewife and then a secretary, Caudillo set her sights on joining the police force.

One divorce, and three children later, she earned her GED, and took classes at Palo Alto College. However, one more obstacle stood in her way.

“It was very hard for me because I was very overweight, I was almost 200 pounds,” Caudillo said. “During my lunch breaks I would go and run. About three miles every day while I was at work.”

And the hard work paid off.

Caudillo says her job as an officer is both rewarding, and a dream come true.

“Even though we make bad choices or mistakes, anything is possible through hard work,” Caudillo said. “This is where my heart is, and I enjoy doing what I'm doing.”

SAPD’s “Women in Policing” event will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 1 to 3:00 pm at the SAPD Training Academy, 12200 S.E. Loop 410.

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