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Northern California City Names First Female Chief

December 1, 2010
The San Leandro (Calif.) PD has named its first-ever female chief, hiring Chief Sandra Spagnoli of neighboring Benicia, the department announced.

Illinois Agency Promotes First Female Commander

November 24, 2010
"She was born to be a police officer," Aurora patrol officer Christine Tunney said. "Moving up to her has just been an opportunity to make everything better for the rest of us. And it's got nothing to do with gender."

San Jose Acting Chief Names First Female Assistant Chief

November 8, 2010
One of the first decisions made by Chris Moore, as he takes over the San Jose Police Department as acting chief has been to name Diane Urban to be his assistant chief, the first female in that position.

LAPD Honors Pioneering Female Officer Alice Stebbins Wells

September 14, 2010
Wells was one of the first female officers in the country with arrest powers. Her first duties included the "suppression of unwholesome billboard displays, searches for missing persons, and the maintenance of a general information bureau for women seeking advice on matters within the scope of police departments."

Nation's First Female Officer May Have Served In Chicago

September 5, 2010
Sgt. Marie Owens, who worked 32 years with the department, told the Tribune in 1906 she liked police work because it allowed her to "help women and children who need help."

Florida Agency Adds First Female Motor Officer

July 28, 2010
Gregory, a married mother of two who became an officer at age 40, has been riding bikes for fun for a few decades. She has completed her first 80 hours of training on handling her 850-pound Harley-Davidson Road King for the department.

First Female Michigan Trooper Recounts Pioneering Career

July 4, 2010
Christiansen said it was an adjustment to dress in the post's boiler room and earn the respect of male troopers. She eventually won most of them over, she said.

Iowa PD's First Female Officer Tells Her Story

February 8, 2010

As the first female officer of the Waverly (Iowa) Police Department, Holly Fisher said she's looking forward to serving. In the spring of 2009, she spoke about filling in roles that only a female officer can.

Pioneering Women of the LAPD

July 28, 2009

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.

A Different Shade of Blue

July 10, 2009

Adam Eisenberg tells the story of female law enforcement pioneers in "A Different Shade of Blue." The stories of 50 women on the Seattle Police Department provide insights into the sexism, size differences, harassment and other challenges of breaking through the blue ceiling. Seattle was one of the first cities to hire female officers in 1912, and one of the first to put women on the street as equal beat cops in 1975. The book arrived in July 2009.

San Francisco Chief Announces Retirement

December 22, 2008
San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong, who rose through the ranks to become the city's first female chief nearly five years ago, announced her retirement Saturday on a radio program hosted by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Sandra Hutchens Chosen as Orange County Sheriff

June 12, 2008
The Orange County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors made the appointment in a split 3-2 vote that, even with its final two candidates of Hutchens and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, revealed a choice for an outsider who had no ties to former Sheriff Mike Carona.

The Longest Climb

October 1, 1996

Networking, mentoring, career tracking; these are words more likely to be heard at the local chamber of commerce than in the front seat of a patrol car. Yet, as corporate America re-evaluates how it does business, female law enforce­ment officers are examining and adopting effective business tactics to attain top levels in their profession.

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