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Women changing the face of Central Florida law enforcement

When you or your family calls police for help, chances are the officers who arrive are going to be men. Law enforcement agencies in Central Florida told News 6 they have been working for years to recruit more women, but many said it has been a challenge. U.S. Census numbers show women make up 51% of the country's population, but they make up only 12-14% of law enforcement, according to the latest data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. “We have different positions that we have available,” Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Cindy Zayas said. Zayas works as a field recruiter for the agency, and she spent Florida Classic Weekend at a job fair at Amway Center. Zayas said female officers and deputies have an inherent skill that helps them more than men. “Research has shown that we are better with the victims, especially with sexual assault and child abuse. We are very compassionate,” she said. “We have a really big role in law enforcement that’s very beneficial to the community, as well as our fellow officers.” “Law enforcement has been calling me since I was little, and that’s when I decided to do it,” said Madison DaSilva, a criminal justice major at the University of Central Florida. She stopped by Zayas’ booth at the job fair and expressed interest in joining OCSO. “I’m like any woman that wants to know more women in law enforcement, but it’s more important to me about who’s right for the job,” she said. “You know, you do need women so that you can connect with other women in the community, but the most important thing to me is the safety of the community -- whether that be men or women.”
WKMG News 6