01/26/2013 03:36 EST | Updated 03/28/2013 05:12 EDT

RCMP Hopes To Hire More Women, Targets Female Athletes

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A female member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stands guard at Horse Guards Parade in central London, on May 23, 2012, as the RCMP take part in the 'Changing of the Guard' ceremony. Their participation is part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and will also feature women for the first time. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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.

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