How I Discovered Law Enforcement
My Dad wasn’t thrilled with my decision to pursue law enforcement, but I’ve never been interested in being a typical daughter. I started exploring law enforcement at Quincy High School through the vocational program, and attended a two-week Student Trooper Program sponsored by the State Police. This experience of being a student trooper really got me excited about the possibility of a career in law enforcement.
My First Job
As a full-time criminal justice student at Northeastern University, I was selected for a position as a dispatcher at Northeastern University’s public safety department. I was lucky enough to get to work with Babson’s Public Safety Chief, Jim Pollard.
I’ve completed two full-term academy training programs at the 16-week academy at New Braintree. I was the only woman in this particular class to complete the program. While at Northeastern, I worked my way up from dispatcher to police officer, and then to detective. It’s very important to me that I don’t place any limits on myself. I have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration.
I’m naturally assertive. That has helped me throughout my career, especially when acting as platoon leader in the academy.
The Biggest Obstacle I’ve Overcome
Being female in a predominantly male profession. Unfortunately, being a woman in law enforcement can invite judgments and assessments, both from colleagues and from society, which are not accurate. I always relish opportunities to step up, speak up, assert myself, and prove that I have what it takes to succeed.
I try my best to be a role model that other young women can look up to. I talk with staff, get to know their goals and then take responsibility for helping them develop. It’s important to reach out to younger women—teaching by example is the best way to show other women that a career in law enforcement isn’t just for men.
Prioritize what makes you happy, and run with it.