Helping Communities with Compassion
Women's history month ends on 31-Mar. And with that, most conversations around their great representation in our society are expected to slow down. We disagree. We would like the conversation to continue throughout the year. Hence, on the last day of women's history month, we celebrate female Law Enforcement officers nationwide. We would like this conversation to continue throughout the year.
Diversity is crucial to keep any culture strong since it ensures the fullest portfolio of resources and solutions to adversity. Research suggests that communities perceive women officers as more compassionate, see better outcomes from victims of crime, and bring a different perspective to policing overall.
We, as a society, can always benefit from more compassion, positivity, and representation of women in law enforcement.
As a premier employment destination, Galls knows first-hand how important it is to have the diversity of gender and diversity of thoughts and perspectives in any organization. We hope the stories of female police officers we publish and share will inspire many more women to take up law enforcement as a career. We would love to see what is possible when everyone is given an equal chance to serve and improve our communities. Come back often to this page to read stories of successful women officers from across the country.
Detective Autry entered Law Enforcement after getting a master’s degree and works in the Aggravated Assault Unit. She tries to be open-minded to the things that she sees and always wants to better herself. She serves with her utmost effort in Law Enforcement without sacrificing her femininity and sometimes uses a softer, mellower approach to de-escalate situations.
Lieutenant Bandy started as a patrolman but is now the commander of the larceny and fraud units in her agency’s Criminal Investigation Division. In work, she focuses on the big picture to get through the tough days but stresses the importance of a work/life balance. With a vision of a better future, she encourages the younger generation to bring their ideas so that Law Enforcement can evolve to be even better.
Deputy Chief Bernhard (Ret.)
Retired Deputy Chief Bernhard works for Concerns of Place Survivors (COPS). Her dad was an Illinois state trooper with a life built on service, and she was able to witness him help other members of their small town.
Investigator Hernandez spent time on morning watch, CSU, the Fit Team, and Day Watch and is currently with larceny from Model Properties crimes. She has a 12-year-old daughter and goes to the gym to hang out with her. Her dad was in the military, and her mom worked in the prison system. She entered Law Enforcement to make a difference and does that by doing what needs done in without letting that affect her in a negative way.
An Army veteran, Officer McCants is currently assigned to a Crime Suppression Unit. Serving her community highly motivates her so sitting behind a desk does not cut it. Service and professionalism run in her family - her dad was a police officer, and her grandfather and great grandfather were in the military. She was "rough and tumble" as a girl, which was counter to her Cambodian roots. She learned early that you need to be true to yourself even if it goes against the norm.
Sergeant Muraco has been a training officer and a detective and also did firearms defensive tactics and driving for her agency. Her parents' volunteering and her local Explorer program drove her toward Law Enforcement. She is married, has two adult daughters that grew up around her agency, and lounges with her dog Luna. But she also loves her second family - the Blue family. She strives to continually be a mentor and currently works at one of her local basic police academies teaching subject control and driving.
Sergeant Reed is a patrol sergeant and supervises Honor Guard and Defensive Tactics units. She and her girlfriend have two rescue pit bulls, and together they find excitement in the outdoors. She found Law Enforcement offers the on-job excitement she desires and drives herself, her peers, and her agency to be better. She seeks the experience and skills that give her the advantage despite her size - including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a result, she has confidence that she can handle herself on the street.
Deputy Chief Spann
Deputy Chief Spann heads her agency’s Professional Development Division, which encompasses their Training Academy, Historical Society, Police Leadership Institute, as well as their Planning Research and Accreditation Unit.
Detective Winter started as a patrol officer before moving to the Detective Bureau. She has a general case load but mostly investigates sex crimes. She works hard to help victims know they are heard and to put the puzzle pieces of their cases back together. She stresses that women bring different things to the table and that it is important to recruit females. Her people skills and experience de-escalate many calls. She married her high-school sweetheart and loves her two dogs.