Kentucky Women in Law Enforcement Convenes in BG

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The goal of the Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Network is to seek out and mentor young women for careers in law enforcement.

Sgt. Amy Ramsay of the Ontario, Canada Provincial Police Department is the current president of the 3,000-member International Association Of Women Police.

"You're seeing more and more women get into specialized areas, such as tactical and canine, and areas that women certainly had no hope of getting into when they first began policing," Ramsay said.

"But let's face it. There's still the old prevailing attitudes out there of the White Boys' Club unfortunately still prevails. But there are steps being made to overcome that, and I think as they become more educated in the fact that women can do this job just as well as a man can, if not better in some cases, then those will slowly change."

Part of Friday’s program was a presentation of the relationship between the media and police, which WBKO helped Bowling Green Police Maj. JR Wilkins present.

WBKO heard about the clashes between the need for big city police to control a situation, and the pressure on big city media to get the story on the air first. Wilkins told the women in law enforcement what BGPD has done to foster a sense of trust between the media and the police, and how they could do the same thing in their cities.

Linda Mayberry from Glasgow, Ky., was once the commander of the Bowling Green State Police post. Now the president of the Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Network, she's seen a lot of changes in her 24-year career.

"Y'know when I first came on, women really just did traffic work. There were a lot of women still already in the juvenile areas, in jails and prisons, and those kind of things. But not many women doing major crimes, tactical sort of things, so they've really changed the rules in the police department," Mayberry said.