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Tips for Joining Investigative Units

July 1, 2013
Investigative units in law enforcement seem to be more welcoming to females than the more male-dominated units. This could be because females have been utilized in law enforcement investigations since at least 1912.

N.J. Cop Claims Discrimination During Pregnancy

April 11, 2013
A Raritan Borough (N.J.) Police officer has accused the leaders of a small central New Jersey town of discriminating against her after she became pregnant. Officer Kathleen Sausa claims she was targeted by town officials.

First Female Secret Service Director Sworn In

March 28, 2013
Julia A. Pierson made history Wednesday, when she was sworn in as the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service during an Oval Office ceremony.

CHP's Highest-Ranking Female Honored

October 30, 2012
The California Highway Patrol's highest-ranking female officer has been awarded the Trailblazer Award by the California Peace Officers' Association.

L.A. Sheriff Honors First Female Deputy Killed On Duty

October 12, 2012
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will honor the first female deputy killed in the line of duty in the United States at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of women serving with the department.

First Female Radio Car Cops

September 28, 2012

Indianapolis Police Officers Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship are generally acknowledged as the first female officers assigned to patrol duties in a radio car. For more about this era of pioneering police women, read our related feature, "The First Female Patrol Officers." Photos: Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.

Female Motor Officers

September 26, 2012
Female motor officers, like me, are distinguished as the top 0.2% (roughly) of law enforcement. What it took to get there wasn't an average walk in the park, but there is no other specialized unit I would rather be a part of.

The First Female Patrol Officers

September 21, 2012

The dawn of the contemporary female officer came in 1972. It was a moment in time where law enforcement's and the public's attitude toward women with badges began to change and female officers began to be perceived as "real police."

Ohio City Hires First Female Cop

September 11, 2012
The Struthers (Ohio) Police Department welcomed its first female officer, when Emma Brenoel, 22, was sworn in during a ceremony earlier this month. Brenoel becomes the first full-time female officer in the 110-year history of the force.

Fla. Agency's First Female SWAT Operator

March 30, 2012

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff's Deputy Shanon Demarest was featured in this WTSP News segment, after she became the first female member of the department's SWAT team.

Competency Trumps Gender

March 14, 2012
It wasn't until I became the first female to reach the rank of lieutenant and subsequently commander in my organization that gender became the focus. The media and the public were trying to shine a light on what I had spent so many years successfully deflecting and it was making me extremely uncomfortable.

Calif. Sheriff Honors First Female Deputy

February 15, 2012
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department proclaimed Feb. 14 as a day honoring the county's first female sheriff's deputy. Ethel Meares was hired in 1955 and named employee of the year in 1963.

Last Honolulu Police Matron Retires

December 8, 2011
Honolulu (Hawaii) Police Officer Sylvia Dawson's retirement brings an end to the era of matrons who carried badges but no guns for the agency.

Vermont Sheriff Named To Late Wife's Job

August 11, 2011
Sgt. Ray Allen took over as sheriff of Grand Isle County, Vt., on Wednesday with mixed emotions — grateful for the opportunity, yet sad to replace the prior sheriff. Sheriff Allen has taken over a job left open when the former sheriff, and his wife, took her own life earlier this summer.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Names First Female Major

August 10, 2011
Betty Blair, who has served as captain over the Inspectional Services Bureau, will be assigned as the executive officer to Colonel Tracy Trott. Major Blair has been part of the Inspectional Services Bureau (ISB) since 1999, first as a trooper assigned to the accreditation team.

NYPD Commanders Make History In Brooklyn

July 29, 2011
The two commanders of the NYPD's 81st Precinct in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, have made history as the first African-American females in the department's 166-year history to lead a precinct.

S.C. City Hires First Female Cop In 20 Years

July 8, 2011
When Sheila Moore was sworn in as a full-time officer earlier this week, she became the first female cop in St. Albans, S.C., in 20 years. Officer Moore, who served the past six years in an unpaid position, is also only the second female officer in the city's history.

Pioneering California Chief Resigns

June 9, 2011
Janet Thiessen, the first female police chief in San Joaquin County, has resigned as Tracy's top cop, citing personal reasons.

Ohio City Hires First Full-Time Female Officer

April 15, 2011
The New Franklin (Ohio) Police Department has hired its first full-time female officer, 37-year-old Monica Harvey, who mostly handles community policing assignments for the department.

Florida Agency Promotes First Female Chief

February 14, 2011
Jeanette Said-Jinete, a 26-year veteran, has taken over as the new chief of the Medley (Fla.) Police Department, becoming the first female chief in the agency's history and one of 10 now in Florida.
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