Applications are now being accepted for those wishing to join the ranks of the Omaha Police Department.
The number of women who will make up the OPD force is also growing. Right now, 20 to 22 percent of the force is female. Lieutenant Kathy Cook is one of those women.
"I would say that I had a very good experience with the Omaha Police Department,” said Cook. “Once when I was the victim, the response time was so quick. I was really impressed."
Cook told Channel 6 News that experience is what sparked her interest in law enforcement. She said, "I thought, I needed to give back. I've been on for 21 years and I've tried to give back every day that I've been on."
Twenty new recruits will be selected out of the application process. In the force’s history, there has never been a female chief; however, Lt. Cook told Channel 6 News the opportunity is there for those willing to put in the work.
"Women police officers have the same opportunities that the male officers have,” said Cook. Everybody has to be in patrol for 3 years and then after that, you can apply to be in a specialty position."
Applications will be accepted through April 30th. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have a current driver’s license, have a high school degree or GED, and be a U.S. citizen. The starting salary of an officer is roughly $41,500 a year.