WRPS to hold recruitment session for women Saturday

Waterloo Regional Police are holding a recruitment information session for women who are considering joining the service.

The day was planned before lawsuit was filed by a former and current female officer

The Waterloo Regional Police are going ahead with a previously scheduled recruitment session for women even after the force received a class-action lawsuit from one current and one former female officer. (Brian St. Denis/CBC)

An information session to recruit more women police officers into the Waterloo Regional Police Service is going ahead as planned on Saturday.

The previously-organized session comes after two women, a former constable and current officer filed a $167M lawsuit alleging they were subjected to harassment and abuse by male colleagues and superiors while working for Waterloo Regional Police Service.

The Recruiting Information Session for Women is a registered event, now sold out, for women who have considered entering the local police force. At present 21 per cent of officers with Waterloo Regional Police are women.  

According to the police website the Saturday session:

  •  is open to all women over the age of 18 years 
  •  is designed for women who are unfamiliar with the initial Applicant Testing Service (ATS) testing
  •  who would like to learn more about what it takes to be a police officer with the Waterloo Regional Police
  •  an opportunity to try out the  Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test equipment

The Waterloo Regional Police Service website adds, the session will include "an overview of WRPS, the application process, the opportunities and challenges of policing, test preparation and informal discussions with a variety of currently serving female police officers."