The RCMP is using a new strategy in trying to recruit more women to the force — targeting athletes who are already in shape.

Currently women make up only 18 per cent of RCMP officers in Saskatchewan.

Const. Amy Forbes is talking to universities and high schools in the province about possible partnerships with their female teams.

"We'd like to actually integrate ourselves into the team if possible," said Forbes. "So the girls can get to know us, I guess and see obviously we are police officers, but we're human at the same time."

The project is in its initial stages, but Forbes said it's being well received.

The RCMP hopes this type of relationship building will convince more women that becoming a Mountie is a possible career choice for them.