Ky. departments recruiting female officers

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky police departments have few full-time female officers and detectives and are looking to increase that number. But so far, it's been difficult to recruit women officers.

The Owensboro Police Department is recruiting at colleges and job fairs. But Officer Marian Cosgrove told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer women frequently dismiss police work. It's an issue across Kentucky, where only 7 percent of all police officers are women.

The executive director of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, Larry Ball, said the primary issue appears the physical fitness test required of all law enforcement recruits. Ball said in the past, only 32 percent of women passed the council's physical fitness test to enter law enforcement.

The test includes push-ups, bench press, sit-ups and two runs.