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New Public Safety Academy grads include 10 women

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A record 10 women were part of the graduating class of the Oregon Public Safety Academy graduating class Friday. (KPTV) A record 10 women were part of the graduating class of the Oregon Public Safety Academy graduating class Friday. (KPTV)
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Dozens of new law enforcement officers will be hitting the streets across the state, and many of them will be women in uniform.

With Friday’s Public Safety Academy graduation, there are now ten new women officers working in Oregon. That's the most ladies in a graduating class in the academy’s history.

In fact just a few weeks ago, several Oregon law enforcement agencies hosted a criminal justice career fair, and their hope was to recruit more women.

Family and friends showed up Friday to celebrate the more than 40 graduates of the 356th Basic Police class.

The 16-week intensive course focuses on survival skills, firearms and ethics, among other topics.

The record amount of women graduating from the program comes during a female officer shortage.

Portland Police Bureau officials have said that women can bring a sense of calm to situations, as well as great communication skills that they want on the force.

Many local officials with sheriff's offices and police departments said they hope there will be many more women joining their ranks, in addition to Friday’s ten new officers.

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