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More women seeking to become Kansas City police officers

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Women are increasingly cracking the glass ceiling at the Kansas City Police Department.

Of the current class, 10 of 38 cadets are women. This is the largest amount of women ever in a class at the police academy.

"I will say I was surprised to see nine other women in my class," Millie Gray said. "I was pleasantly surprised. I was glad to see that."

The department isn't doing anything more than normal to seek women and minority candidates.

Officer Kim Shaw became an officer 27 years ago. She now teaches basic training and encourages other women to become police officers.

"I think it's always been viewed that it's a more traditional role to be a male police officer," Shaw said. "Certainly, I think there's always that feeling to need to prove yourself, to show that you can do the job."

Five men have dropped out while no women have.

"Male or female, it doesn't matter," Shaw said. "This job isn't for everyone."

Gray, 35, who is a pastor, hopes to draw from her past experience in the Air Force, as well as her pastoral work. She said to be successful you just have to give it your all.

"Being a pastor, you're a great listener and also being able to give comfort in times of crisis, being their calm and steady voice of reason," she said. "I believe if you train adequately, take care of yourself, you're mentally prepared. Anyone who has the desire and the will to do this job can be successful, especially women."

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