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Officers arriving at the Tacoma Dome to pay homage to the four slain Lakewood police officers left patches to show solidarity. Pool photo via Seattle Times.

Lakewood Police Memorial

Nearly 20,000 officers from Washington state, the nation, and Canada gathered at the Tacoma Dome to pay homage to the service of the four Lakewood Police Department officers who were killed in a coffeeshop in late November, before their shift. The memorial service featured tributes to Sgt. Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens, and Greg Richards. The officers were remembered for their commitment to public service.

Cable network TLC debuted "Police Women of Broward County" on Aug. 6. The network returns to the Florida county that spawned police reality pioneer "Cops" for a show that follows female law enforcement deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office, as they pursue suspects, make arrests and hone their skills at the firing range. The deputies are (left to right) Ana Murillo, Shelunda Johnson-Cooper, Julie Bower and Andrea Penoyer.

Broward Police Women

Cable network TLC has debuted "Police Women of Broward County." The network returns to the Florida county that spawned police reality pioneer "Cops" for a show that follows female law enforcement deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office, as they pursue suspects, make arrests and hone their skills at the firing range. Photos courtesy of TLC.

Police women at the LAPD's pistol range in 1948. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.

Pioneering Women of the LAPD

The first female police officer in the country with arrest powers, Alice Stebbins Wells, arrived in 1910 with the Los Angeles Police Department. By 1937, the department employed 39 policewomen. Women are serving in most areas of the department; they have yet to crack the elite SWAT unit, but a 2008 report led to 12 women being accepted into the training program that feeds the unit. These photos, which show several of the pioneering police women of the department, have been provided by the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.

Armor Express offers structured armor for women with built-in cups, and female carriers with 12 points of adjustment for an exact fit that won't flatten or smash delicate breast tissue. Evolution carriers are lined with anti-microbial and odor resistant fabric. An Interior Microfiber "wearstrip" cosmetically enhances and creates greater durability.

Female Body Armor

You don't need to have majored in biology to know that men and women are not created equal-in measurements, that is. That's why female officers need ballistic vests made especially for their unique shapes. And now that women make up a more significant amount of the market share in law enforcement, body armor companies are taking notice.

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