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I was a dispatcher for Sedgwick County Emergency Communications for a few years.
I enjoyed being behind the scenes as a 911 dispatcher, but I wanted to take it to the next level and be on the other side, not behind the phone and microphone, but to be out on the streets involved with citizens in person. I also want to help represent people in my culture, since I'm Vietnamese and I want to be a good example/role model for all citizens, but especially to young females to encourage them that they can be strong and be great leaders.
I like getting to know people in our community before, during, and after a crisis and helping them the best way I can to get through whatever issues they may be having.
My experience as a female officer has been a huge learning experience. Every day is different, but my co-workers are helpful and encouraging which is continuously motivational. Citizens have been very open and welcoming to see a new face, which has made this new career an awesome experience so far!!
More females should consider being police officers, because it can be a very humbling career in which you can encourage and empower not only other women but all citizens to be the best they can be. I especially want females to say, that's cool, she looks like me, if she can do it, I know I can do it too.