PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Women in law enforcement came together on Saturday to show girls what it means to serve.
Members of the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies talked with kids at the 4th Annual “Girl Cops Are Awesome” event.
It first began after a young girl could not find a police officer costume designed for girls for Halloween. After her mother posted her daughter’s sadness on social media, a number of female officers started to post photos of themselves in uniform with the headline, “Girl Cops are Awesome.”
It went viral, and now the agencies are working to show girls what opportunities could be ahead for them in public service. Only about 16% of officers in Portland are female.
“I want to emphasize—our focus is on women today, but it’s open to everyone,” said Lt. Tina Jones of the Portland Police Bureau. “It’s really important for all of us to see this as a viable career path for girls and young women.”
The event at the training center was open to all ages, and kid were encouraged to wear their Halloween consumes. A number of agencies from the Interstate-5 corridor took part in Saturday’s event.