SAN ANTONIO – Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies hosted a seminar to highlight the women in their workforce. The unique event, put on by San Antonio Police and called “Women in Law Enforcement” drew hundreds of job seekers to the Tripoint Event Center Saturday afternoon.
"It’s been a very rewarding, exciting career, and a decision that I never looked back on," described San Antonio FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee.
Lee makes up the 20 percent of women working for the FBI. She joined 18 years ago and wants to help others interested in joining the force because women bring a different perspective and skillset to the job.
"While our male counterparts most definitely exhibit these great traits, we find that female candidates are exceptional at communicating, which I think is by far the most important skill in law enforcement. But also our ability to relate to individuals in the community- both subjects and crime victims as well," added Lee.
The San Antonio Police Department, FBI, and Texas Parks and Wildlife participated in the seminar. The event have South and Central Texas women the opportunity to interact and ask representatives from local, state, and federal agencies any job-related questions.
In fact, San Antonio police Chief Deputy Janae Florence was recruited at a similar event 28 years ago.
"I think a lot of women probably think that they have to have some background in law enforcement, Maybe they have to shoot a gun, maybe they have to be muscular and be able to fight-the stereotypical cop. But in reality, women, no matter what your size is, no matter your strength, you bring different skills in," said Florence.
Women undergo training just like anyone else looking to join the force preparing them for any situations they might encounter out in the field.
Lee and Florence said if someone has the drive, their agencies will give them the training needed to be successful.
"You're going to have this big team that’s pushing you saying, 'You can do it!' You’re going to be so proud the day you walk across that stage wearing the uniform,” described Florence, “I came in at 5 feet 3 inches and 112 pounds. So I would say to anyone, ‘If I could do it, anyone could do it."