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Odessa Police Have Record Number of Women Recruits

One third of the police recruits in Odessa are women, a record number for the agency.
One third of the police recruits in Odessa are women, a record number for the agency.

They are currently training five women, all which have been hired by the Odessa Police Department.

“I definitely find it inspiring because it's a good thing to have females out on the streets for multiple different reasons,” said recruit Melissa Wolfe.

The group has a total of 15 students. Only one is hired by Monahans Police Department, the rest have all been hired by the Odessa Police Department.

“It's needed out there on the field to defend themselves and to apply them as far as making arrests, using the appropriate use of force,” said Sergeant Carlos Chavez, who is training the recruits.

Each student received the same training and exercises, regardless of their gender.

“They need to know how to handle a person,” said Chavez. “A violent person is different from a passive person.”

The students get one to two hours of physical training a day where they also practice defensive tactics.

“A lot of the things we've been learning are very helpful for our future career,” said recruit Ben Rodarte.

But in the end, the group is all training to keep Odessa safe.

“The final goal after going through the defense tactics at the end of the academy hopefully they get enough repetitions on how to defend themselves,” Chavez said. “When to use the use of force when making an arrest.”

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