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Few Ladies in Law Enforcement

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - There are hundreds of officers on the streets of the Tri-Cities but of them only 14 are women.

Kennewick Police Officer Becca Jones has been on the force for four years. Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, current Chief Ken Hohenberg was Jones' DARE officer when she was a kid. Later, he swore her in. Jones is one of six female officers at KPD.

Over in Pasco, Officer Kari Skinner is just their third lady in uniform.

"I got into law enforcement because I have a desire to help people," Skinner said. 

These women with weapons tend to offer a different perspective in the field.

"There's a whole host of different dynamics that females bring to the table that are just different from males. It's not necessarily good or bad. Just different," Skinner said.

"A lot of times when we show up to a call, I might have a person respond to me differently than the male officer would and a lot of times I can get cooperation from someone the male officer wouldn't," said Richland Police Officer Bonnie Meyer.

During the school year Officer Meyer is a resource officer. Come summer, though, she works day side patrol. At Richland PD, Meyer is one of five female officers.

"Its much nicer to work with a group of guys. it's a good group to work with. They're fun people. It's a fun job and it's kind of unique being one of the only females," Meyer said.

Despite the stacked numbers, ladies in law enforcement are just as effective as men.

"We're all police officers when we do our job. We're not men we're not women or anything like that. So it's nice to be able to be taken as an equal on the job," Meyer said.

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