Dispatcher Hired by Mass. PD in Targeted Female Officer Search

Former dispatcher Carly Moriarty has been hired on as the fourth female officer on the Walpole (Mass.) Police Department. Police Chief Richard Stillman said the department specifically sought out a woman for the open spot to bring the total number of women on the now 40-officer force up to 10 percent.

Former dispatcher Carly Moriarty has been hired on as the fourth female officer on the Walpole (Mass.) Police Department. Police Chief Richard Stillman said the department specifically sought out a woman for the open spot to bring the total number of women on the now 40-officer force up to 10 percent, reports the Walpole Times.

Moriarty was previously a Walpole PD dispatcher, recently earning state accolades for her role in saving a baby after a 911 call. She worked as a dispatcher in Norfolk and Foxboro before coming to her hometown of Walpole. In November, Moriarty qualified to become a reserve police officer – an officer with limited responsibilities.

Police candidates become eligible for hire after taking a civil service exam and indicating which towns they are interested in. Moriarty was the top scorer on the gender-based civil service exam, a special test the department sought from the state to ensure a female hire.

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