CASPER, Wyo. (RELEASE) - The Casper Police Department is proud to recognize September 12th, 2019 as National Policewoman’s Day by honoring our incredible female police officers.
Female police officers make up roughly ten percent of sworn personnel at the Casper Police Department, which is consistent with the national statistic.
While they may be outnumbered, their impact speaks for itself. Our female police officers have responded to 5,510 calls for service over the last twelve months, that’s an astounding twelve percent of the total calls for service.
“Our female officers bring unique skill sets and perspectives to our department,” said Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters. “They make us a better police department. I am proud to have such selfless and powerful female officers. Our citizens should be too.”
“We have a lot of fantastic and capable female officers in our department,” said Casper Police Officer Andrea Husted. “The community should feel prideful that these ladies have taken on the challenge to make Casper a better place to live.”
Female officers are often called upon by the community and fellow officers to respond to complex situations.
“I think being a female officer is beneficial to the community, especially when dealing with female assault victims,” said Casper Police Officer Keri Patrick. “A lot of the time, especially if these women were victimized by men, they would rather not disclose details to another man. As a female officer, I am able to be a more comforting presence while they relive some of the worst moments of their lives.”
One of the most powerful reasons our female officers wear the badge with pride is to leave a legacy to those young girls who look up to them. As a School Resource Officer, Randi Garrett influences young girls every day.
“I enjoy being a great role model for young females,” Officer Garrett said. “I want to show girls that they can succeed in any career, even if it’s traditionally more male dominant. They can do any job they want.”
“I like being a role model for girls, letting them know they can be anything,” said Casper Police Detective Shannon Daley. “I love it when I get pictures drawn by elementary girls and they draw a picture of themselves saying they want to be a police officer when they grow up.”
Being a female police officer does not come without its challenges. From the overall lack of females who work in the field, to the ability to gain respect from the public when alongside a male officer.
“I feel as if I have to prove to people I can handle myself as well as any other officer,” said Officer Husted. “There is sometimes a sense of doubt that I am capable of doing the job because I’m a female,” said Officer Garrett. “I was born and raised in Casper. I enjoy being a part of a great community. I believed the best way to make a difference in Casper was by becoming a police officer.”
Male or female, the call to serve your community is one that all police officers share.
“I spent several years serving in Emergency Medical Services. I felt reactive,” said Casper Police Sergeant Sara Nelson. “As a medic, I couldn’t stop a drunk driver from causing an accident. I was a part of the aftermath. As a police officer, I have the ability to help stop that from happening. We have a small but mighty group of women officers here and I'm proud to be one of them.”
Our female officers at the Casper Police Department are proud to wear the uniform and protect the great community of Casper. Take this as a friendly reminder to never, ever underestimate them.
“Being a female officer is awesome,” said Detective Daley. “You and your capabilities are often underestimated by the criminal element. One of my favorite foot chases ever was when I chased and apprehended a male. While I was arresting him, I asked him why he ran. His response? ‘Because you're a girl and I didn't think you'd catch me!’ His friends that chose not to run may have heard on the police radio that he was caught by a girl.”
The Casper Police Department extends an invitation to any female considering a career in law enforcement to reach out to us. Allow us to answer your questions and concerns. We encourage you to consider a future as part of the professional, highly skilled and caring female officers at the Casper Police Department. You can contact us and learn more at casperpolice.org.
The Casper Police Department is dedicated to a fair and supportive workplace for everyone. We are incredibly proud of our female officers and the dedicated selfless service they provide to our citizens. It’s our honor to protect and serve this community. Thank you for your support.