A few weeks ago, the US Justice Department filed a complaint against the City, aimed at changing the way the Corpus Christi Police Department goes about hiring female officers.
Already, the department is changing its ways.
Officials said they are trying harder to recruit more women. They even started up a new seminar just for them.
This seminar will give female applicants the opportunity to hear from other women officers. They will be able to ask questions, discuss the application process and the police academy, and help clear up any doubts that they may have. It's all part of the police department way of trying to reach out to them and help them get in the force.
Corpus Christi police will be offering this seminar, along with physical workshops, to get the women up to par for the test.
"Yeah, we have a Department of Justice issue we are dealing with, but they are not telling me to go out and have to focus," said Commander John Houston with the CCPD. "We are just going to have to go out and focus because we need to. It's part of what we need to do."
They have changed the physical part of the exam, but it's temporary. They are working on having their own Corpus Christi standard physical test.
They are also recruiting more. The goal is to focus on getting more women and African Americans on the force.
The seminar will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. There is a limited amount of seats open, but if you are interested, call 361-826-4071 and speak with MaryAnn Carrillo to register.
The physical prep workshops will be held Wednesdays and Saturdays for two hours, and you must register to attend.
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