What year did you start?
What did you do previously before WPD?
I attended college while working part time in retail.
Why did you want to become a police officer?
I earned a Criminal Justice degree, and I like how in law enforcement there is a wide variety of different positions within the police department. There are good opportunities for advancement whether it be move laterally in a position or promoting to different ranks. I did a few ride-alongs prior to applying and enjoyed them. I get to make the community a better place and help people on their worst days. To me being a police officer is an exciting and diverse career. There are pros and cons to every career. But law enforcement has many pros, and it makes it enjoyable coming to work everyday.
What do you like about being a police officer?
I like have a different day, everyday. I never know what each day at work will bring. I get to meet and talk to all kinds of different people. Of course I enjoy the action part of the job when I get to use my emergency lights and siren responding to calls, performing traffic stops and taking individuals to jail who have committed a crime against another individual. It's about making a difference for the good of the community. I enjoy listening to stories of what is going on in people's lives or what they see going on in their neighborhood and then try to make a difference no matter how small.
How has your experience been being a female police officer?
My experience has been good. I'm getting to work with several female co-workers. I've been able to train with them and learn from them in regards to interviewing and defensive tactics. I've also been able to get advice in regards to being a working mother. There is a great sense of sisterhood between the females in a male dominated career. I make it a priority to be good at my job both physically and mentally.
Why should more females think about becoming a police officer?
Law enforcement needs female officers, the same as it needs male officers or culturally diverse officers. We all play a part whether relating to female and/or male citizens, searches, translating languages, tracking crime, seeking justice, etc. I grew up reading the crime articles in the newspaper because they intrigued me, an interest that carried into college for my degree. I think if a woman has a desire and interest for law enforcement, she needs to take the leap and apply, I did!