There are a lot of African-American female officers. However, there should be more. There should be more women on the force, period.
I’m from West Englewood, the far south side, near Altgeld Gardens. I grew up on a block where everybody knew everybody, and everybody was family. Crime was high there, especially in the 90s. But whenever I saw the police, I knew that they were coming to help, coming as our friends, even though they were coming for something that was probably not so great. I didn’t have a fear of the police. I can’t really say why I didn’t, I just didn’t. I was like, “Aw, I want to do that. That’s so cool.”
When I was in my last year of college, my best friend at the time knew I wanted to be a police officer, and she was like, “Hey, they’re hiring.” So I went to the library, I filled out the application, I paid the $25 application fee, and once I got the call, I had graduated. I graduated from college in 2003, and I became an officer in 2004. – READ MORE