KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The face of the Kansas City police department is changing.
The 149th Kansas City Police Academy class that graduated Thursday night has made departmental history.
Ten out of the 31 recruits, about a third, are women-- the highest percentage of female officers graduating from an academy class for Kansas City Police.
Among them is Officer Lisa Sidenstick, a mother of four children who wants to make an impact in the community.
"Growing up it wasn't always a good thing with police officers. I want to change that," she said.
Then there's former Chiefs cheerleader-turned-officer Sarah Ferguson who said that she and her peers have a unique asset for policing the streets of Kansas City.
"Someone of us have a more caring side or gentler side that can be need in that in certain situations," Ferguson said.
All of them hope to rise through the ranks to join the top brass.
Last year, Kansas City police had two female deputy chiefs at the same time for the first time.
One of those two is Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose who joined the force in 1987 at a time when females were just starting to join the force for the first time.
"I felt like I had more to prove and so you worked harder, and tried harder in order to be accepted," Deputy Chief Rose said.
The department's recruiters are working to create a police force that reflects the community.
"It's not the whole thing about being the biggest or strongest person," Gordon Hernon, one of KCPD's recruiters said.
Graduates from the 149th academy class will start patrolling the streets this Saturday.
For more information regarding employment at the Kansas City Police Department, visit their hiring process website here: http://bit.ly/18HlWFj